Royals fire Ladnier as scouting director

MINNEAPOLIS |The Royals shook up their scouting department Tuesday by firing long-time senior director Deric Ladnier.

Assistant general manager J.J. Picollo will now directly oversee the club’s preparation for the annual first-year player draft. Picollo has headed the scouting and player development operations since July 3.

Ladnier has been the club’s senior director of scouting since Aug. 21, 2000. He was offered the opportunity to remain in the organization as a Major League scout.