Los Angeles Angels: general manager search

Scioscia and the new GM: setting boundaries

October, 25, 2011
There is a perception in the media, among fans and around baseball that manager Mike Scioscia’s strong opinions on personnel matters could be an impediment to the Angels hiring a top-flight general manager.

Some have even suggested Scioscia is the de facto GM.

Scioscia took aim at that perception in an interview Tuesday with ESPN 710’s Mason and Ireland. Scioscia’s comments could be an indication that the power structure within the team could be shifting, opening the door to a higher profile for the incoming GM.

“I’m going to give opinions to him,” Scioscia said. “I don’t look at budgets. I don’t count money. I don’t look at other teams to see what trades are going to be made or facilitate or start that process. I think that’s the only way a manager can function.

“You can’t sit back and do a dual job – I’m just not capable of doing it.”

Tony Reagins stepped down as Angels GM on Sept. 30 under pressure from owner Arte Moreno. The Angels also dismissed Reagins’ top two assistants, the farm director and their longest-tenured pro scout. They have already interviewed a handful of candidates for Reagins replacement, including Tampa Bay Rays executive Andrew Friedman and the New York Yankees’ head scout, Damon Oppenheimer.

Scioscia has been with the Angels since 2000 and is signed through 2018. One major-league executive recently told ESPNLosAngeles.com that Scioscia’s strong personality makes the Anaheim job less appealing to some GM candidates.

“It’s a great job in the sense that it’s in a good city, it has a great owner and a packed stadium every night,” the source said. “On the other hand, you’ve got a manager who makes a lot more money than you who has more power than just about any other manager and he’s supposed to be working for you.”

The Angels are believed to be interested in a GM with a scouting background, but they also have had conversations with candidates whose specialties fall in the realms of contract negotiation and statistical analysis. Scioscia said someone with both backgrounds is ideal. Of all the candidates under consideration, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jerry Dipoto might best fit that set of criteria.

“You need a really deep understanding of the game of baseball both from a statistical analysis and also from a scouting background,” Scioscia said.

Scioscia said he has spoken with Bud Black and Joe Maddon, former coaches on his staff who now are major-league managers, and neither is interested in leaving the bench to become the Angels GM.

Angels GM candidates: How they measure up

October, 4, 2011
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.

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