Yankees hire Krause as scout

Updated: January 16, 2004, 2:28 PM ET
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NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees hired former Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause in a scouting role on Monday.

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Krause, the Bulls' GM between 1985 and 2002, added the pieces around Michael Jordan to form a championship puzzle that won six NBA championships. Krause, 64, retired late last season, citing health problems.

A two-time NBA executive of the year, Krause was a baseball scout for four teams over 16 years before coming to the Bulls. His keen eye for talent was the primary reason why George Steinbrenner himself decided to hire him, The New York Daily News reported.

"I have always considered Jerry Krause the quintessential 'gym rat,' and I mean that in the most complimentary way," Steinbrenner said Tuesday. "All he does is work, work, work."

Krause already has been at the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa, Fla., this week.

"I have worked for a great owner for the last 22 years in Jerry Reinsdorf. Now I'm working for another great owner in George Steinbrenner and I couldn't be happier," Krause said in a statement released by the Yankees. "My role will encompass the width and breath of scouting from high schools to the major leagues as well as evaluating the talent in our own organization."

The two knew one another when Steinbrenner was a minority owner of the Bulls. Steinbrenner sold his 10-percent share in the team in 1985.

Krause turned down a consulting position with the Chicago White Sox from owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who also owns the Bulls.

At the complex Tuesday, reliever Steve Karsay threw 25 pitches in his first bullpen session since shoulder surgery last May.

"I'm pleased with the progress," Karsay said. "It's one step in a long process."

Karsay is scheduled to throw off the mound again Friday at the Yankees' minor league complex. He missed all of last season and his status is uncertain.

Closer Mariano Rivera is among the players taking part in early workouts.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.