The Angels assistant GM's are staying with the club, but neither Matt Klentak or Scott Servais will be stepping into the role of general manager. Instead, they're going with the man who helped lead them to the 2002 World Series.
Source: Bill Stoneman will become the #Angels' interim GM, with Matt Klentak basically serving as his No. 2. No Bud Black.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) July 1, 2015
Stoneman, #Angels GM when they won it all in '02, had been kept in advisory role. Team may open up search in offseason, or promote Klentak.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) July 1, 2015
There was a rumor floating around that Bud Black could potentially take over the Angels, however Arte Moreno and John Carpino have decided to go a more traditional route, and installed someone with experience in this role. Stoneman stepped down as GM in 2007 and has served as a consultant with the team ever since. He also has a strong connection to manager Mike Scioscia, which was likely a key factor in his hiring.
Confirming that Bill Stoneman will be named Angels interim GM. He hired Mike Scioscia in 1999 and was GM when Angels won WS in 2002.— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) July 1, 2015
For the time being, Stoneman is just an interim GM, and if his past history is still relevant, it's likely that he won't be around past 2015. He decided to leave his role in 2007 to spend more time with his wife and family, and it's difficult to imagine that after eight years away from the position, he'd want the full-time job once again.
"I'm getting older. You have to face that, and this job requires a ton of energy. I really don't have the same energy I brought to the job. The main thing is, I was worn down and I didn't think it would be right to continue."
Stoneman is almost assuredly a place holder for the rest of the season, but with an immediate resolution needed, it made sense to turn to someone who had a deep knowledge of the club, and had previous experience. Stoneman, Klentak, Servais, and pro scouting director Hal Morris will help lead the charge, and make sure the Angels are well prepared for the upcoming trade deadline.