Angels to interview D-Backs executive Jerry Dipoto for GM job
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The Angels have received permission from the Arizona Diamondbacks to interview Jerry Dipoto for their general manager’s job, a major league source confirmed Friday. Dipoto, who spent parts of eight seasons as a reliever in the big leagues, is Arizona’s senior vice president of scouting and player development.
If Dipoto, 43, emerges as a preferred candidate, the Angels could have competition for his services--Dipoto has also received permission to interview for the vacant Baltimore Orioles GM job.
Dipoto was part of the Boston Red Sox front office during the team’s run to the 2004 World Series championship before joining the Colorado Rockies as director of player personnel in 2005.
Dipoto joined the Diamondbacks as their vice president of player personnel in 2006 and took over as interim GM when Josh Byrnes was fired in 2010.
It was Dipoto’s call to trade pitcher Dan Haren to the Angels for a package that included pitcher Joe Saunders and highly regarded pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs. He also dealt pitcher Edwin Jackson to the Chicago White Sox for Daniel Hudson.
Dipoto interviewed for the permanent job that eventually went to Kevin Towers, but he remained with the club in the position he currently occupies.
Dipoto brings to at least three the number of candidates the Angels will interview for the job that opened when Tony Reagins was dismissed two days after the season. Two Yankees executives, Damon Oppenheimer, the team’s vice president of amateur scouting, and Billy Eppler, the team’s director of professional scouting, have confirmed that they will interview.
-- Mike DiGiovanna
Photo: Jerry Dipoto, left, and Kirk Gibson both got big breaks with the Arizona Diamondbacks on an interim basis, DiPoto as GM and Gibson as manager. Each took advantage of their opportunities. Credit: Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press