Scott Servais, Matt Klentak Join Jerry Dipoto's Angels Staff As Assistant General Managers

Dipoto reportedly signed a three-year contract with two option years.

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Angels Hire Matt Klentak As Assistant General Manager

As the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim continue to retool their front office this offseason, the team announced on Wednesday the hiring of former Baltimore Orioles Director of Baseball Operatons Matt Klentak to be their new Assistant General Manager, according to the Angels' team twitter feed

Matt Klentak has agreed to terms on a multi-year deal as assistant general manager, focusing on all aspects of baseball operations.
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Klentak, 31, will work closely with General Manager Jerry Dipoto and Scott Servais, Assistant General Manager, Scouting & Player Development.  Klentak will join the Angels organization next week. 

Klentak had been with the Baltimore Orioles as Director of Baseball Operations since March of 2008, where he assisted President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail in scouting, player development and contract negotiations. As mentioned in the Angel's tweet, Klentak will be taking part in all aspects of the baseball operations of the club, and will undoubtedly have his fingers in a lot of pies around the front offices in Anaheim. 

Before working with the Orioles he spent four years with Major League Baseball's Labor Relations Department, where he provided advice and interpretations on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBS) and Major League Rules to all 30 Major League teams.  He also played a large part in MLB's Collective Bargaining that successfully negotiated a second consecutive CBA without a work stoppage in 2006.

A native of Medfield, MA, Klentak graduated in 2002 with a degree in Economics from Dartmouth College, where he was a four-year baseball letterman, three-year starting shortstop and team captain his senior year. He won two Ivy League Red Rolfe Division championships (2000 and 2001) during his playing days there.   

For more on the Angels offseason, head over to Halos Heaven to get your fix. 


Hal Morris Hired As Director Of Pro Scouting, Latest Addition To Angels' Staff

On Monday, the Los Angeles Angels announced the hiring of former Major League first baseman Hal Morris as the new Director of Pro Scouting.

"Hal brings a very special set of skills to our organization," said general manager Jerry Dipoto. "His abilities in the areas of player evaluation and qualitative analysis will play a major role in the program we are building here."

Morris, 46, made his major league debut in 1988 for the Yankees. He played for New York, Cincinatti, Kansas City and Detroit over 11 seasons with a .304 batting average, 76 home runs and 513 RBI in 1,246 career games. He won a World Series title with the Reds in 1990.

Morris has previously worked as a scout for both the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2008-2009 and the Boston Red Sox in 2010. With the Sox, Morris evaluated players already in the organization, both on the major and minor league levels.


Angels Hire Scott Servais As Assistant GM

The Los Angeles Angels on Friday hired Scott Servais as Assistant General Manager, Scouting and Player Development. Servais, who was the head of player development for the Texas Rangers for the last six years, signed a multi-year contract with the Angels, the club announced today.

"Scott has a great presence and his impact will be felt immediately. He will create a positive, productive and successful environment within our player development program," said new Angels GM Jerry Dipoto. "One simply needs to look at what Texas has accomplished during the last six years to understand the value Scott now brings to the Angels. Scott is really the gold standard by which to measure others in this game and he will help create a new dynamic as we move forward."

Servais, 44, was a major league catcher for 11 seasons, and was a teammate of Dipoto in with the Colorado Rockies in 2000. Servais was a scout with the Rockies in 2005 when Dipoto was the head of player personnel in Colorado.

"We will hit the ground running in the scouting & player development program to ensure the success of the Angels now and for years to come. It will be our goal to always have a championship-caliber team for our fans," Servais said on Friday.

For more on the Angels, head to Halos Heaven.


Report: Angels Hire Larry Corrigan As Special Assistant To GM Jerry Dipoto

New Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has begun to assemble his staff in Anaheim. The Angels have reportedly hired longtime Pittsburgh Pirates and Minnesota Twins baseball operations executive Larry Corrigan as special assistant to Dipoto, reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today and confirmed by Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

Corrigan served as special assistant to GM Neal Huntington in Pittsburgh for the last four years. Prior to that, Corrigan was with the Twins for 20 years, including the last eight years as special assistant to GM Terry Ryan. Corrigan was scouting director when the Twins drafted Torii Hunter in the first round of the 1993 MLB Draft.

Corrigan, 61, played in the minor league systems of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Twins from 1972-1978. He coached baseball at both Iowa State and Cal State Fullerton.

For more on the Angels, head to Halos Heaven.


Highlights From Angels GM Jerry Dipoto's Introductory Press Conference

The Los Angeles Angels on Saturday introduced Jerry Dipoto as their new general manager. The former head of scouting and player development for the Arizona Diamondbacks is the 11th GM in Angels franchise history.

"We'll be accountable as an organization, we'll be accountable to one another, and maybe most of all we're going to have passion about what we do, and you'll see that every day," Dipoto said in his opening remarks. Here's a recap of Saturday's press conference:

On His Philosophy

"I like to be diverse and balanced what I do in life as a general rule," Dipoto said. "I try to turn over every stone. Be open minded to the way you see players, because every player is a little bit different, every situation is a little bit different, and every organization is a little bit different."

The Haren Trade

When Dipoto was interim GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks, he traded Dan Haren to the Angels for Joe Saunders and minor leaguers Tyler Skaggs, Patrick Corbin, and Rafael Rodriguez. "That was a very important trade in the history of the Arizona Diamondbacks. We were in a very difficult position at the time. We took a close look at the various systems around Major League Baseball, none closer than the Angels," Dipoto said. "I look forward to becoming more versed in the [Angels'] system in terms of what we have and how we can develop it."

Dipoto's Shift From Player To General Manager

As his mentors, Dipoto cited Bob Gebhard, whom he worked with in Colorado; Jon Hart, whom Dipoto played for in Cleveland; Kevin Towers, whom Dipoto worked with in Arizona and helped "put the finishing touches" on his skill set.

Injuries limited Dipoto to 17 games pitched in 2000, his final year of pitching in the big leagues. He spent a majority of the year on the disabled list, and used that time to become familiar with the front office. Dipoto sat in on the Rockies' draft preparation, asked questions, and became interested in a potential career in the front office.

On Mike Scioscia's Influence

Mike Scioscia dismissed any notion of the manager calling the shots. "It's two different positions," Scioscia said, differentiating between the manager and general manager. "I'm the manager of the club. That's where all my effort and focus is and where all my effort an focus will continue to be. Jerry is going to get opinions from myself, sometimes strong opinions, sometimes he'll act on them, sometimes he's not going to act on them. Our staff is going to give opinions. That's the way we've worked for 12 years, and that's the way we'll continue to work."

"The way a manager and general manager should work together is a collaborative effort. It's the most important relationship that exists in an organization. I don't know of any other sport where the on-field manager or coach doesn't have a significant degree of input as to what's happening on the field or in the organization," Dipoto said.

When asked whether the thought of Scioscia wielding too much power weighted into his decision to come to Anaheim, Dipoto joked, "I didn't wake up in the middle of the night wondering if I was going to get steamrolled by Mike."

On The Angels Current Roster

"I don't think there is anything in the way of wholesale moves that need to be made. this is a team that won 86 games," Dipoto said. "You also have a number of high-end all-star type performers in their prime years who are lining it up every day. Guys like Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, and Ervin Santana; I don't know if you're going to find too many teams that have that."

For more on the Angels, head to Halos Heaven.


New Angels GM Jerry Dipoto's Contract Is Five Years

The Los Angeles Angels on Saturday made official their hiring of Jerry Dipoto as the 11th general manager in franchise history. Dipoto, 43, signed a five-year contract, and will oversee all aspects of baseball operations for the Halos.

"At the outset of this process, we felt it was important to find an individual who can evaluate talent, manage our entire baseball operations system, incorporate analytical thinking and possesses solid communication skills," said owner Arte Moreno. "I believe with the hiring of Jerry we have done just that."

Dipoto was with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the last six years as the head of scouting and player development, and was also interim general manager for three months in 2010. During his brief tenure as GM, he traded Dan Haren to the Angels.

"What a thrill this is. I am excited and honored to be part of one of the premier franchises in baseball. The club's success in the last 10 years isn't just notable, it has catapulted the Angels into one of the top organizations in baseball," Dipoto said. "We want to continue the success here with an increased focus on scouting and player development. We will always have championship expectations."

The Angels will hold a press conference at noon on Saturday to formally introduce Dipoto.

For more on the Angels, head to Halos Heaven.


Angels Roster Inherited By New GM Jerry Dipoto

The Los Angeles Angels now have their general manager in place in Jerry Dipoto, hired on Saturday as the 11th GM in franchise history. With MLB free agency looming at 9 p.m. PDT Saturday night, here is a look at the 40-man roster the new Angels general manager will inherit.

Pitchers (21)

Under contract (5): Jered Weaver ($14 million in 2012), Dan Haren ($12.75 million), Ervin Santana ($11.2 million), Scott Downs ($5 million), Hisanori Takahashi ($4.2 million)

Arbitration eligible (1): Jerome Williams

Under team control (12): Trevor Bell, Ysmael Carmona, Bobby Cassevah, Tyler Chatwood, Kevin Jepsen, Michael Kohn, Anthony Ortega, Garrett Richards, Francisco Rodriguez, Rich Thompson, Loek Van Mil, Jordan Walden

Free agents (3): Joel Pineiro, Horacio Ramirez, Fernando Rodney

Catchers (3)

Arbitration eligible (1): Jeff Mathis (made $1.7 million in 2011)

Under team control (2): Hank Conger, Bobby Wilson

Infielders (11)

Under contract (1): Maicer Izturis ($3.8 million)

Arbitration eligible (4): Erick Aybar (made $3 million in 2011), Alberto Callaspo ($2 million), Howie Kendrick ($3.3 million), Kendrys Morales ($2.975 million)

Under team control (5): Alexi Amarista, Efren Navarro, Andrew Romine, Mark Trumbo, Gil Velazquez

Free agents (1): Russell Branyan

Outfielders (7)

Under contract (3): Bobby Abreu ($9 million), Torii Hunter ($18 million), Vernon Wells ($21 million)

Under team control (4): Peter Bourjos, Jeremy Moore, Chris Pettit, Mike Trout

Both Rodriguez and Morales ended the season on the 60-day disabled list, which explains why the Angels have 42 players on the 40-man roster.

The Angels have nearly $99 million committed to nine players in 2012, plus potential raises through arbitration for up to six players. Add in the $2.5 million buyout of Scott Kazmir's 2012 option, and the payroll is somewhere in the $125 million range before considering any free agents or other additions.

Special thanks to the Halos Heaven and the indispensable Cot's Baseball Contracts for some of the salary figures.


Jerry Dipoto Is 11th General Manager In Angels History

With the hiring of Jerry Dipoto official on Saturday, he becomes the 11th general manager in Los Angeles Angels history. At just over four years, the tenure of the man Dipoto is replacing, Tony Reagins was the fourth shortest in club history. Here is a look at the general managers in Halos history:

Angels General Managers
GM Tenure
Fred Haney December 8, 1960 - October 1, 1968
Dick Walsh October 1, 1968 - October 27, 1971
Harry Dalton October 27, 1971 - October 24, 1977
Buzzie Bavasi October 24, 1977 - September 1, 1984
Mike Port September 1, 1984 - April 30, 1991
Dan O'Brien May 1, 1991 - September 17, 1993
White Herzog September 18, 1993 - January 11, 1994
Bill Bavasi January 12, 1994 - October 1, 1999
Bill Stoneman November 1, 1999 - October 16, 2007
Tony Reagins October 16, 2007 - September 30, 2011
Jerry Dipoto
October 29, 2011 -

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Angels GM: Response To Jerry Dipoto Hiring Positive

The Los Angeles Angels are expected to make their hiring of Jerry Dipoto as their next general manager official with a press conference at noon on Saturday. Dipoto, formerly the head of scouting and player development for the Arizona Diamondbacks, beat out a long list of candidates for the Angels' GM job. The response to the hiring of Dipoto has been overwhelmingly positive.

Dipoto's former boss in Arizona, Kevin Towers, had a glowing review of Dipoto in September, telling Nick Piecoro the Arizona Republic, "He has tremendous recall. He knows players. He's very organized, thorough, has people skills and work ethic. Really, there are no negatives. Do I think he'll be a good GM? I think he'll be outstanding."

Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register noted the hiring of Dipoto marked a sizable shift for the Angels, noting "The hiring of Dipoto is a change – it is the first time the Angels have filled a significant position on the baseball side of the front office from outside the organization since then-GM Bill Stoneman hired Eddie Bane as director of scouting in 2003."

As interim GM of the Diamondbacks in 2010, DiPoto traded Dan Haren to the Angels, and the pitcher recalled his time with Dipoto with Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles. "Jerry was great. I really only knew him for a few months, but I interacted quite a bit with him leading up to me being traded to the Angels. He was easy to talk to and very up front. I know he was highly respected and thought-of in the Diamondbacks organization," Haren said. "It's a good signing for our club and a good start to the off-season."

Keith Law of ESPN called DiPoto "one of the most research-oriented people I've come across on the scouting/[player development] side of the business" and said of all the candidates for the Angels' GM job, Law would have chosen Dipoto.

Dipoto will be the 11th general manager in Angels' history.

For more on the Angels, head to Halos Heaven.


Jerry Dipoto Has Experience Making Big Moves As GM

Dipoto will be the 11th general manager in Angels history.


Report: Angels To Hire Jerry Dipoto As General Manager

After a series of interviews with some of the best and brightest front office executives in the game, the Los Angeles Angels will reportedly hire Jerry Dipoto as their next general manager, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Dipoto succeeds Tony Reagins, who technically resigned on September 30.

Dipoto, 43, was the head of scouting and player development for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and served as their interim GM in 2010. During his brief tenure as Diamondbacks general manager, he traded starting pitcher Dan Haren to the Angels. Dipoto interviewed for the permanent GM spot in Arizona late last season, but the post was ultimately filled by Kirk Gibson.

Dipoto was a candidate for the Baltimore Orioles GM vacancy as well, which created a bit of a sense of urgency for the Angels. Andrew Freidman of the Tampa Bay Rays was reportedly the Angels' top choice but appeared to have wavered in his desire to leave Tampa Bay. The Angels needed to move quickly if they wanted Dipoto, and according to reports, that's just what they did.

In his playing career, Dipoto pitched in 390 games in relief over eight seasons with three different teams, the Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, and Baltimore Orioles.


Angels General Manager Search: Dan Evans In, Damon Oppenheimer Out

The Los Angeles Angels are beginning to intensify their search for a general manager, as they hope to have a new executive in place by next week. Damon Oppenheimer, the head of amateur scouting for the New York Yankees, is no longer a candidate for the Angels, reported Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated on Wednesday. But fellow Yankees' executive Billy Eppler will return for a second interview with the Halos.

In addition, former Los Angeles Dodgers GM Dan Evans will interview this week with the Angels, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. Evans was with the Dodgers from 2001 to 2004, and along with Logan White helped them build up their minor league system with a pair of productive drafts in 2002 and 2003 when the Dodgers selected and signed 15 future major league players.

White worked with fellow Angels GM candidate Kim Ng while with the Dodgers. Evans was let go in 2004 after Frank McCourt purchased the Dodgers and was replaced by Paul DePodesta. On his Google profile, Evans noted his strengths:

My unique perspective is a distinct advantage, as I am the only former General Manager of a Major League club who has also led a baseball representation firm. 

I am fully immersed and up to date in all aspects of the game: Major League, minor league, international, and amateur level baseball

DGiovanna also reported that the Angels are expected to ask permission to interview Texas Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine once the World Series is completed.

For more on the Angels and their GM search, head to Halos Heaven.


Report: Chances Of Andrew Friedman To Angels 'Slim'

It appears the Los Angeles Angels have a favorite in their search for general manager in Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Freidman. However, the chances of Friedman landing in Anaheim are "slim," according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times:

But Friedman's loyalty to Tampa Bay owner Stuart Sternberg, who has referred to Friedman as "a partner," appears to be the biggest obstacle to the Angels luring him to Anaheim.

Friedman met with Angels' owner Arte Moreno and team president John Carpino in Tampa Bay last week, one of several candidates to interview with the Angels. DiGiovanna also reported that if the Angels were able to hire Freidman it would be as team president with one of the other candidates serving as GM.

This seems to be the hot trend this offseason, as the Chicago Cubs were able to lure Theo Epstein away from the Boston Red Sox by offering him (a) a boatload of money; and (b) a position of team president. Under Epstein, the Cubs are expected to also land GM Jed Hoyer and scouting director Jason McLeod from the San Diego Padres by Monday.

Why get one general manager when two will do? A passage from Jonah Keri's book The Extra 2%, about Friedman's Rays, addresses the issue of having a stable team of executives in place:

"We're transitioning away from the GM as superhero," said Vince Gennaro, author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball. "Today you have to have an infrastructure in place if you want to successfully run an organization."

DiGiovanna reported that the Angels hope to have a GM in place by next week.

For more on Angels baseball, head to Halos Heaven.


Angels GM Search: Angels Interested in Omar Minaya?

In their on going search for a new general manager, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have targeted a number of possible candidates, but can now add one more to the list as the L.A. Times has reported that the team is interested in Omar Minaya, the former Montreal Expos and New York Mets GM.

Though an Angels spokesperson would neither confirm or deny the report, the Dominican born Minaya could be seen as a decent fit with the organization due to the fact that Angels owner Arte Moreno is baseball’s first Latino owner, playing to a large group of Latin-Americans in the greater Los Angeles area.

Since former GM Tony Reagins resigned the Angels have reportedly had talks with Kim Ng, former Dodgers assistant GM, Rick Hahn, the White Sox’s vice president and assistant GM, Jerry Dipoto, a senior vice president for the Diamondbacks, and Yankees executives Billy Eppler and Damon Oppenheimer.

For more on the Angels, head over to Halos Heaven to get in on the action.


Angels GM Search: Arte Moreno Reportedly Dined With Rays' Andrew Freidman

The Los Angeles Angels plan to interview a bevy of top candidates for their vacant general manager job to replace Tony Reagins, who resigned on September 30. The Angels have been linked to Kim Ng, Rick Hahn, Jerry Dipoto, Billy Eppler, Damon Oppenheimer, and possibly Thad Levine. Might they also be interested in Andrew Friedman of the Tampa Bay Rays?

From the fine folks at DRaysBay:

On Tuesday night, one of our readers was at a restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg when he saw Andrew Friedman dining with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim team owner Arte Moreno and another individual he later identified as team president John Carpino. This individual lives locally so Friedman is no strange face to him, and he immediately recognized Moreno when walking by their table. Both he and the friend he was dining with feel extremely confident in what they saw, and confirmed after another walk-by and an internet search that the third person at the table was team president John Carpino.

Friedman is one of the most coveted front office members in baseball. He has been Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Rays since November 2005, and has been at the helm of an organization that has had two division titles and three playoff appearances in the last four years, all despite a payroll that has averaged just $55.5 million during that span. In 2008, Friedman at age 31 was the youngest-ever winner of the Sporting News Executive of the Year award.

Whether the Angels are able to land Friedman or not, it seems clear that Moreno is leaving no stone unturned in the search for his next general manager.

For more on Angels baseball, head to Halos Heaven.


Angels GM Search: Jerry DiPoto Wanted In Baltimore, Too

The Los Angeles Angels have Jerry Dipoto on their list of candidates to interview for their vacant general manager post. However, the Senior Vice President of Scouting and Player Development for the Arizona Diamondbacks is in demand this winter. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun thinks Dipoto is the favorite for the Baltimore Orioles GM job:

The Angels are rumored to be interviewing a boatload of top candidates. The process could take a while and, just by sheer numbers, Dipoto has a lesser chance of landing that one. The Orioles right now are at two candidates, likely won’t go much higher than that, and have shown a willingness to get this done sooner than later. So Dipoto, conceivably, could have an offer in hand from the Orioles while waiting on the Angels’ next move. And it’s often better to have an Oriole in hand.

As fun as it might be to have the guy who traded Dan Haren to the Angels as their GM, it is true that Jerry Dipoto's resume doesn't stack up to those of Kim Ng and Rick Hahn, both of whom will also be interviewed by the Halos. There are only 30 major league general manager jobs in the world, so if Dipoto gets an offer from Baltimore it wouldn't be surprising to see him take it.

For more on Angels baseball, head to Halos Heaven.


Angels To Interview White Sox Assistant General Manager Rick Hahn For GM Position

Chicago White Sox vice president and assistant general manager Rick Hahn will interview for the vacant GM job for the Los Angeles Angels, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. That brings the total number of interviews to at least five:

In addition to those five, Thad Levine has been mentioned in numerous reports as a candidate for the Angels, but they would have to wait until the conclusion of World Series as Levine is currently the assistant GM for the Texas Rangers.

Hahn has been with the White Sox for the last 11 years, assisting GM Kenny Williams with player evaluations, roster composition, contract negotiations, trades, as well as overseeing the baseball operations staff, including scouting and player development. Hahn has been credited with negotiating multi-year deals with current White Sox Mark Buehrle, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez, and Matt Thornton.

Baseball America in 2010 ranked Hahn as the top GM candidate in baseball. Hahn was also tops in a similar feature by Sport Illustrated in July, in which Hahn joked, "if there was a way to trade me for Mike Trout, I'm guessing Kenny would drive me to the airport to make sure that deal goes through -- and I would understand."

Not that Hahn would cost an uber prospect like Trout, but that was some nice foreshadowing.

For more on Angels baseball, head to Halos Heaven.


Angels To Interview Kim Ng For Vacant GM Position

The Los Angeles Angels plan to interview Kim Ng for their vacant general manager position, putting them in position to make history as the first major league team to have a female general manager. No timetable has been given for the interview, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

Gender aside, Ng is one of the most qualified and well connected general manager candidates in all of baseball.

Ng this season has served as a senior vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball after 13 seasons as an assistant general manager with both the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees. When Ng was hired by the Yankees at age 29 in 1998, she was the youngest assistant GM in baseball.

After four seasons with the Yankees, Ng was hired by the Dodgers in 2002. Among her many duties with the Dodgers were to coordinate all player transactions, oversee the arbitration process, and to manage the day-to-day operations of the entire baseball department. In 2004, Ng expanded her duties for a brief period, serving as interim Director of Player Development, overseeing all aspects of the Dodgers minor league system. She was also integral in making trades, signing free agents, and negotiating player contracts.

Ng was in charge of the Dodgers arbitration case in 2004 when the club famously defeated closer Eric Gagne after his National League Cy Young-winning season. Gagne submitted a salary figure of $8 million after posting a 1.20 ERA in 2003 with 55 saves in 55 opportunities. Ng was able to convince the three-person arbitration panel that the Dodgers' offer of $5 million was more in line with his peers, and the arbitration panel agreed. On her watch, only two Dodgers players went to arbitration - Gagne and Joe Beimel, the latter in 2007 - and the Dodgers won both cases.

In 2005, Ng became the first woman to interview for a general manager position when she interviewed with the Dodgers after Paul DePodesta was fired. Ng also interviewed with the Seattle Mariners in 2008 and with the San Diego Padres in 2009.

The Angels have also received permission to interview Billy Eppler and Damon Oppenheimer of the New York Yankees and Jerry DiPoto of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

For more on Angels baseball, head to Halos Heaven.


Angels GM Search Widens To Include Jerry Dipoto, At Least Two More

The Los Angeles Angels have received permission from the Arizona Diamondbacks to interview Jerry Dipoto, currently Arizona's Senior Vice President of Scouting and Player Development, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. Dipoto was interim GM for Arizona in July 2010 and traded Dan Haren to the Angels for starting pitcher Joe Saunders and minor leaguers Tyler Skaggs, Patrick Corbin, and Rafael Rodriguez.

Dipoto interviewed for the GM job last year in Arizona, but that post went to Kevin Towers, who saw the Diamondbacks improve from 65 wins to 94 victories and a division title in 2011.

Dipoto is the third GM candidate the Angels have received permission to interview, joining Yankees' executives Damon Oppenheimer and Billy Eppler. However, the net appears far wider than that, according to Will Carroll of Sports Illustrated:

Angels have their GM list down to ten and not in rush with at least two on the list still in playoffs.

The three candidates we know so far all have a heavy scouting background, and if we just look at the four remaining teams in the playoffs we can get an idea of the other possible candidates:

  • Texas: assistant GM Thad Levine, also mentioned earlier in the week as a possible candidate; senior director of player personnel A.J. Preller, and senior director of player development Scott Servais
  • Detroit: assistant GM Al Avila, director of player development Mike Rojas
  • St. Louis: assistant GM Mike Girsch, VP of player procurement Jeff Luhnow
  • Milwaukee: director of baseball operations Tom Flanagan, director of amateur scouting Bruce Seid

For more on Angels baseball, head to Halos Heaven.


Angels Granted Permission To Interview Pair Of Yankees Executives For GM Opening

Watching the Texas Rangers try to go to their second straight World Series has to make Los Angeles Angels' owner Arte Moreno wonder what his Halos have to do to get over the hump in the American League West. However, before the Angels can make any moves this offseason, they need to have a front office in place to make those moves.

The Angels have been granted permission to interview a pair of Yankees executives, Billy Eppler and Damon Oppenheimer, for the Halos' vacant general manager position, per Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. Tony Reagins resigned his GM post on September 30, and assistants Ken Forsch and Gary Sutherland were dismissed three days later.

Eppler is the Senior Director of Pro Personnel for the Yankees, and works closely with Brian Cashman in New York.

Oppenheimer is the Yankees' Vice President of Amateur Scouting, and has been in charge of their drafts since 2005. Oppenheimer has drafted Brett Gardner, Ian Kennedy, Austin Jackson, David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, among others. Oppenheimer was a catcher at USC.

Other potential candidates for the Angels, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, include Jerry DiPoto, the man who traded Dan Haren to the Angels in 2010 while interim GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Gerry Hunsicker of the Tampa Bay Rays, Rick Hahn of the Chicago White Sox, and Thad Levine of the Rangers.

For more on Angels baseball, head to Halos Heaven.


Angels Front Office Shakeup: Ken Forsch, Gary Sutherland Dismissed

The Los Angeles Angels are getting rid of everyone, everywhere. Angels ownership wants to shake things up to get the team back on the winning track, and they've decided that everyone in a management position probably isn't doing their job well enough. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times with the report.

Ken Forsch, the team's assistant general manager for the last 14 years, and Gary Sutherland, a special assistant to the general manager for 12 years, have been dismissed, two major-league sources confirmed Monday. The team is expected to issue a news release on the matter this afternoon.

Forsch, a former major-league pitcher who had a 114-113 career record and 3.37 earned run average, spent four seasons (1994-97) as the Angels' director of player development before becoming assistant GM. He was mainly responsible for assisting Reagins with contract negotiations, player procurement and waiver-wire and rule compliance.

The Angels were once the class of the American League West. From their World Series title and onward, the Angels won AL West titles in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009. But it looks as if the Texas Rangers have toppled them off their perch as the preeminent western power as they've been the ones to capture the last two division titles (and in convincing fashion). The Angels need to quickly find the personnel pieces to get them back on the winning track, and it looks like they're going to clean things up.

For more on Angels baseball, head to Halos Heaven.


Tony Reagins Resigns As Angels' General Manager

Angels GM Tony Reagins has resigned as General Manger and will remain with the ballclub as a special assistant.

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