The Diamondbacks said Friday they have hired Mike Feder as the coordinator of Southern Arizona special projects. The longtime baseball executive brings more than three decades of experience including more than 15 years in Southern Arizona.

“We have been looking to expand our presence throughout Southern Arizona, and the opportunity to add Mike to the organization was a great way for us to do that,” D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall said in a news release. “His history in Tucson and knowledge of the area will be a tremendous asset to us.”

Feder was named the Pacific Coast League’s General Manager of the Year in 2013, the Tucson Padres’ final year in town. A new owner moved the Triple-A club to El Paso.

“I’m pleased that the D-backs want to step up their efforts in the Tucson area,” Feder, who was inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, said in a news release. “We know there are a lot of D-backs fans in Tucson, so it will be my job to reach out and assist them with any of their needs as well as promote all D-backs initiatives.”

Feder, a longtime Tucsonan, has also worked for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.

Purple jeans? Gold sneakers? Must steal

JUPITER, Fla.— Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia liked the Miami fashion sense of pitcher Jose Fernandez so much that he stole the purple jeans and gold high-top sneakers the young pitcher wore to the ballpark.

The bulkier Saltalamacchia wore a duplicate Jose Fernandez practice jersey with the jeans and sneakers for the team’s morning stretch Friday.

One by one, members of the Marlins burst into laughter.

“Now that I’ve put them on I actually like them,” Saltalamacchia said.

Fernandez was among the last to notice, and the ebullient 21-year-old couldn’t contain his laughter upon seeing the catcher squeezed into the jeans.

“This is pretty funny,” said Fernandez, who ran back into the clubhouse to retrieve his phone so he could snap a photo.

“I don’t know that those pants are going to fit Jose again, manager Mike Redmond said. “He might have to get a new pair of purple pants.”

Inside pitch

  • Scott Kazmir
  • pitched three scoreless innings in his debut for the Athletics in a 2-0 win over the D-backs.

Kazmir, a left-hander who signed a two-year, $22  million deal with the A’s over the winter, gave up two hits and struck out two.

  • In the same game, D-backs lefty
  • Wade Miley
  • had a strong effort for Arizona, pitching five innings and giving up one unearned run on three hits. He walked one and struck out four.
  • Pitcher
  • Brad Penny
  • has been released from a minor-league contract by the Royals following a poor start to spring training.
  • Nationals right-hander
  • Doug Fister
  • was scratched from his start Friday because of inflammation in his right elbow.