Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Angels GM candidates: How they measure up
By Jim Bowden
There are a lot of quality GM candidates available for the Angels. Here is a quick break-down of the some of the top choices:
Theo Epstein: He has one more year left on his contract with the Red Sox, but a source close to Epstein said he was open to the possibility of taking over the Angels or Cubs if “president” were added to his GM title. The big question is if John Henry will give the Angels or Cubs permission to talk to him. They could squash the possibility by giving Epstein an extension.
Andrew Friedman: He’s done as good a job as any GM in baseball over the last five years in terms of drafting and trading veteran players for prospects. His philosophy of pitching and defense and balancing new and old school analysis would work well manager Mike Scioscia, which is important for the Angels’ organization’s success.
Billy Beane: According to a source familiar with Beane’s thinking, the A’s GM is frustrated with the lack of revenues, payroll restrictions and inability to get a new stadium. This would be a difficult hire because of Bean’s ownership stake in the A’s but something that can be overcome. He is a California native and is interested in the Angels position, according to the source.
Josh Byrnes: The former Diamondbacks GM is now an assistant with the Padres. He’s one of most intelligent and well-balanced executives in the market. His failures in Arizona will help him succeed at his next opportunity.
Logan White: The Dodgers’ assistant GM is one of the best evaluators in baseball. As scouting director, he was the man behind the selections of Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp. He has the evaluative, administrative and people skills to build a championship-caliber organization.
Ben Cherington: The Red Sox’s assistant general manager has been trained by Epstein and is capable of following in his footsteps. He is structured, organized and detail-oriented and has experience in winning with high payrolls while building strong farm systems.
Al Avila: The Tigers’ assistant GM is more than ready for the opportunity. With a keen eye for talent and experience under Dave Dombrowski, his time should be now. It would be important that he hires a strong assistant GM to help him on the administrative and statistical part of the job.
Bill Geivett: This Rockies executive oversees player personnel for the Rockies after his experience with the Expos, Rays and Dodgers. He believes strongly in finding players with high character and building from within.
Dan Jennings: He has been patiently waiting his turn in Florida behind Larry Beinfest. The Marlins’ assistant GM has the whole package to succeed in the GM position.
David Forst: The assistant GM of the Oakland A’s is a Harvard grad whose strength is the administrative aspect of the job. But if he has a strong assistant GM with personnel skills, he would succeed if given the chance.
Jason McLeod: Before joining the Padres’ front office, he was the scouting director for the Red Sox and was responsible for the draft selections of Jacoby Ellsbury, Justin Masterson and Clay Buchholz, among others. His experience in the big market of Boston and small market of San Diego would be the perfect blend for what the Cubs need in terms of rebuilding the farm system while winning at the major league level.
Kim Ng: She works in the commissioner’s office but previously worked in the Dodgers’ front office as an assistant GM. She should become the first female GM in baseball history. She has the experience, knowledge and vision to win. It’s just a matter of the right owner willing to break the gender barrier.
Thad Levine: The Rangers assistant GM has been heavily involved as Jon Daniels’ wingman in building the Rangers into a perennial winner. He has a strong business background and is considered one of the game’s best administrators. His leadership and baseball skills continue to develop.
<i>Jim Bowden served as the senior vice president and GM for the Cincinnati Reds and the Washington Nationals, and is an analyst for ESPN.com.</i>