Amid the Angels’ exhaustive search to fill their vacant general manager position, one big name is missing.
Despite early speculation that longtime executive Dave Dombrowski was a candidate for the job, that won’t be the case. Dombrowski is staying put with Music City Baseball, a group trying to bring a major league team to Nashville, per Ken Rosenthal at The Athletic:
“I’m staying in Nashville,” Dombrowski said. “I gave the individual here (John Loar, the head of Music City Baseball) a commitment when I moved here that as we continue to pursue a new team — expansion, relocation or if it goes nowhere — that I would stay here with them.”
Dombrowski is not among the 14 reported candidates the Angels have interviewed for the job.
After analyzing all the known candidates to replace the fired Billy Eppler, Maria Torres at the Los Angeles Times noticed a trend: “Experience as a former general manager is not a prerequisite. And a focus on scouting and player development appears preferred to a reliance on analytics.”
A few days after the season ended, Angels team president John Carpino said ideally the club would like a general manager in place by Thanksgiving, but that they weren’t going to rush the process.
“We’re open to anyone’s idea on how to make this organization better. That’s all we strive for,” Carpino said.
- Troy Percival’s son Cole, a pitcher from UC Riverside, is a longtime Angels fan, but the team showed no interest in the undrafted free agent, who signed with the Dodgers. Torres has more at the LA Times.
- The Angels are seeking to dismiss a defamation suit file by longtime visiting clubhouse manager Bubba Harkins, who was fired by the team in March, writes Jeff Fletcher at the Orange County Register.
- Rhett Bollinger at MLB.com analyzes the Angels’ biggest needs this offseason. Spoiler alert: it’s pitching, and more.
- Sam Miller at ESPN identified one great moment for all 30 teams. His pick for the Angels was Mike Trout’s four-hit, two-homer game on Aug. 10 against Oakland.