After a long search that saw them interview candidates such as Andrew Friedman, Kim Ng and Damon Oppenheimer, the Angels have reportedly determined that Diamondbacks executive Jerry DiPoto will be the club's new GM. First reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the deal won't be announced until the World Series concludes tonight.
DiPoto, 43, has been Arizona's senior VP of scouting and player development, and he spent a few months as the team's interim GM between the reigns of Josh Byrnes and Kevin Towers. The Dan Haren and Dan Hudson deals were made with DiPoto at the helm, for example.
A former MLB relief pitcher, DiPoto played in the majors for eight years before moving to the front office. He's spent time working for Arizona, Colorado and Boston as an executive, winning a World Series with the Red Sox in 2004. He'll likely have a good deal of power, but as Baseball Prospectus' Colin Wyers noted on Twitter, "there's little to suggest that [DiPoto] will have authority to stand up to [Angels manager Mike] Scioscia."