Brian Cashman’s expiring contract isn’t the only general manager situation that matters to the Yankees this season.
The heads of the Yankees scouting departments, Damon Oppenheimer and Billy Eppler, are known to be candidates for the Angels general manager opening, but the Angels are said to be leaning toward another name from the American League East.
Ken Rosenthal has reported that Rays vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman is the Angels top choice, but there are those who doubt whether Friedman would actually leave the Rays in favor of the Angels. Bob Nightengale from USA Today also reports that a pair of executives with White Sox connections — Dan Evans and Rick Hahn — have emerged as strong candidates for the Angels.
The Angels have reportedly already met with Oppenheimer. I have to assume their Eppler meeting is on hold until after this week’s Yankees pro scouting meetings in New York.
Meanwhile, down in Baltimore, the Orioles have reportedly set their focus on Diamondbacks vice president of scouting and player development Jerry Dipoto to fill their GM opening. If not him, perhaps Texas assistant general manager Thad Levine. Oppenheimers name had been loosely connected to that opening, though he was never mentioned as a verified candidate.
“I wish them good luck,” Cashman said last week. “I think the Angels are smart to interview them.”