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Report: Jerry Dipoto to be named Angels GM

Oct 28, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

Jerry DiPoto

Ken Rosenthal just tweeted that, according to his sources, the Angels are going to name Jerry Dipoto as their new general manager.

Dipoto is currently Arizona’s senior vice president of scouting and player development. He previously served as the Diamondbacks’ interim GM. While filling that role he traded Dan Haren to the Angels, so part of the band is getting back together.

Dipoto is well thought of by both the scout-centric and stat-centric world. A smart guy who has made smart moves since ascending to the front office a few years ago, so he’s a great hire in my view.

But of course the biggest question he has in his new job is how much power he’ll have. In the wake of Tony Reagins’ firing, it has been reported that the real power in Anaheim resides with Mike Scioscia, who has had major influence in personnel decisions. Trading Mike Napoli, for example.

Will Dipoto have a free hand, or will he be in a power struggle with Scioscia?

  1. lyon810 - Oct 28, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Not a bad hire for my Halos, but still, I’m somewhat weary of appointing the only GM in baseball ever to have had his pocket picked by Tony Reagins

    • jarathen - Oct 28, 2011 at 1:39 PM

      The trade, as I understand it, isn’t considered to be so lop-sided at this point, and the grade won’t be complete for years yet. The ‘Backs gave up an ace-quality starter for a back-end rotation guy and two prospects that are considered to be high-potential. For a team that was supposed to be rebuilding, it made perfect sense at the time, and we’ll see where Corbin and Skaggs end up.

      Big fan of the move. Wanted Kim Ng, but this guy, if given the power to do so, could be a powerful yang to Scoscia’s yin.

      Also, maybe he won’t count on “free agent signing” Kendrys Morales to come back like Reagins did. He’s a long time out of the game.

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 28, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    No surprise. I always thought that he was the favorite for this position.

  3. kpow55 - Oct 28, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Fan-friggin-tastic…..

    So as an Angels fan, not I only do I get to see Napoli tear it up in the WS…… The team I love nabs a GM who was in charge of finding “talent” from (sans 1 year) a perennial bottom feeder.

    For every potential star (Upton and Young), he also found thrice the scrubs (Byrnes, Dunn, Drew, Reynolds, Snyder, Okeda, etc…)

    Here’s hoping to a Friedman bait and switch.

    Banner week for an Angels fan.

  4. SmackSaw - Oct 28, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Hmm…left handed pitchers are flaky.

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