Confirmed Peter Gammons report that the Red Sox have hired former Angels GM Jerry DiPoto on an interim basis to help with offseason moves..— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) August 12, 2015
Dipoto resigned from his post with the Angels on July 1 amid tension with manager Mike Scioscia over the use of advanced stats. He had been the Angels' general manager since October of 2011. He was also previously the Diamondbacks' general manager from 2010-2011.
This will not be Dipoto's first go-round with the Red Sox, he was a scout for Boston from 2003-2004, winning a World Series in his second season. He left the Red Sox to become the Rockies' head of scouting in 2005.
There seems to be no indication as to how long Dipoto's interim role with the Red Sox will last or if it is a prelude to him taking a permanent position with the team. What exactly his role will be is equally undefined.
If this is just a short-term consulting position for Dipoto, the move is a fairly minor one, but given his history with the team it could become something more, and how that would affect current Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is not quite clear.
Regardless of whether Dipoto's appointment is intended as a long-term one, the Red Sox at the very least have one more experienced baseball mind in the room as they embark on the offseason.