The Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday announced the hiring of Ned Colletti as the team's new general manager.

Colletti, who signed to a four-year contract, becomes the 10th general manager in Dodger history, the team said in a statement.

"With his genuine passion for baseball, his intimate knowledge of all aspects of the game, and solid leadership skills, I am confident that Ned's experience will help the Dodgers put a winning team on the field, year-in and year-out," said Frank McCourt, owner and chairman of the Dodgers, in a statement.

Colletti, 50, has been assistant general manager for the San Francisco Giants for the past nine years. From 1997-2004, the Giants posted the best eight-year winning percentage record in San Francisco history and the third-best record in Major League Baseball. Prior to joining the Giants, Colletti worked for the Chicago Cubs, beginning his Major League career in 1982.

Early this week, McCourt was said to be deciding between Colletti and Dodger Assistant General Manager Kim Ng, who has been with the Dodgers for four seasons and is one of only two women assistant general managers in Major League Baseball.

McCourt fired Paul DePodesta as the Dodgers' general manager on Oct. 29.

The team was 71-91 last season.

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