Angels expected to replace Mike Scioscia or Jerry Dipoto before 2014 season

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Dipoto is the more likely candidate to be sent packing from the Halos.

The Los Angeles Angels are expected to part ways with either manager Mike Scioscia or general manager Jerry Dipoto before next season, according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com. Morosi notes that the differences between Scioscia and Dipoto have caused a dysfunctional atmosphere that may be to blame for the team's struggles over the past two seasons.

Scioscia has been the team's manager since 2000, and was named AL Manager of the Year in 2002 and 2009. In addition to leading the Halos to their first World Series title in club history in 2002, Scioscia has led the team to six playoff appearances including five AL West championships.

His legacy and contract status (signed through 2018) will likely mean that he will stay with the Angels for next season, meaning that Dipoto is the likely candidate to be fired this winter.

Since accepting the Angels' general manager job in October 2011, Dipoto has made a series of aggressive moves that have fallen far short of expectations over the past two seasons.

In addition to doling out massive contracts for top free agents Albert Pujols (10 years, $240 million) and Josh Hamilton (5 years, $133 million), Dipoto traded a package of Ariel Pena, Johnny Hellweg and Jean Segura to the Brewers in exchange for thirteen Zack Greinke starts at the end of the 2012 season.

Although Greinke pitched well for the Halos, he was unable to lead the team to the playoffs and left to sign with the Dodgers after the season. Segura has been phenomenal with Milwaukee this season, posting stats (.306, 12 HR, 44 RBI in 123 games) that blow away the performances of Hamilton (.229, 19 HR, 60 RBI in 119 games) and Pujols (.275, 47 HR, 169 RBI in 253 games) in their time with the Angels. The Angels also added pitchers Sean Burnett, Tommy Hanson, Joe Blanton and Ryan Madson last offseason, in a quartet of moves that have proved to be a disaster for the team this season.

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