Now that we know amateur scouting director Damon Oppenheimer and director of pro personnel Billy Eppler have been given permission to speak to the Angels about their general manager opening, the natural question is, how much would it hurt the Yankees to lose one of them?
Problem is, I’m not sure how to answer it.
Obviously Oppenheimer and Eppler are very good at what they do, otherwise teams wouldn’t be interested in talking to them about running an organization. Oppenheimer’s drafts have been productive since he took over in 2005 — his ’06 draft really stands out — and Eppler is in charge of the scouting department that brought the Yankees Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon, Eric Chavez and Luis Ayala.
From my perspective, their personalities are similar, if only in the fact that they’re easy to talk to and willing to dive into the nuts and bolts of a situation. They’re thorough and detailed, and I have to think those are two of the necessarily qualities for their jobs.
How much would it hurt the Yankees to lose one of them? I can’t quantitatively say for certain, but my guess is, quite a bit.
Associated Press photo with Eppler in the middle