Adam Rubin has the scoop.
"J.P. brings a wealth of knowledge and a breadth of experience to the organization," said Alderson. "I worked with him for over a decade in Oakland and I know first hand he’s a superb talent evaluator. He’ll be a tremendous resource in a variety of areas."
In his new role, Ricciardi will assist Alderson in all aspects of the baseball department.
Ricciardi was a candidate for a similar position with the Boston Red Sox, so if they were after somebody you can be pretty sure he was good.