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Thursday, October 20, 2011
Source: Angels speak to candidates

By Mark Saxon
ESPNLosAngeles.com

The Los Angeles Angels' search for a general manager is moving along at a brisk pace.

According to a source with direct knowledge of the Angels' search, owner Arte Moreno and team president John Carpino have been in Florida this week and already have met with Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and New York Yankees executive Damon Oppenheimer.

The Angels' list is becoming clearer by the day. In addition to Oppenheimer and Friedman, the Angels also are interested in Arizona Diamondbacks assistant general manager Jerry Dipoto. They are keeping their eye on Texas Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine, who could be a tempting hire because of his knowledge of the inner workings of the Angels' primary division rival.

At some point, Carpino is expected to interview Kim Ng, a former Dodgers executive now working for Major League Baseball. The Angels could have a GM to announce shortly after the World Series ends. Teams are discouraged by the commissioner's office from making major announcements during the World Series.

"Carpino and Arte are running around looking, because they need to get this job taken care of," the source said.

The Angels are in direct competition with the Baltimore Orioles, who also are in the hunt for a GM and have targeted some of the same candidates. The Angels would like to have a GM in place before the start of the free-agency period next month.

In addition to a GM, the Angels have several other front-office positions to fill, including farm director, assistant GM and some pro scouting jobs.

"I can't comment on anything specific, but we're making progress in our search," Angels vice president of communications Tim Mead said. "We continue to move on filling those positions and it's moving at a good pace."

Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com.