LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The New York Mets have hired Chad MacDonald as amateur scouting director and Dick Scott as minor league field coordinator under new general manager Sandy Alderson.

The 40-year-old MacDonald spent three seasons as Arizona’s assistant director of scouting, then was the Diamondbacks’ director of international scouting the past two years.

Scott, 48, was Toronto’s director of player development from 2001-09 and follows former Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi to the Mets, where Ricciardi is now a special assistant to Alderson. Scott had been Houston’s minor league field coordinator this year.

New York said Tuesday it had interviewed former Pittsburgh hitting coach Don Long for the same job after interviewing Andy Van Slyke earlier in the week. Former Oakland hitting coach Dave Hudgens also is under consideration.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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