Update: One name has already been heard a bunch, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, and that's Billy Eppler, the assistant general manager for the Yankees.
One name I've heard frequently is Billy Eppler, currently an assistant GM with the Yankees. But there could be a host of others.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) September 1, 2015
Original post: The Los Angeles Angels have begun their search for their next general manager, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. The team has already conducted multiple interviews, both of internal and external candidates.
It’s unclear who the Angels have interviewed, but it’s likely that assistant general managers Matt Klentak and Scott Servais are both on the short list.
Of the external candidates who have been interviewed so far, none has been a major league general manager before, the source said. The Angels are planning to speak to at least some candidates with experience in that position, according to a source.
The hope is that the search will not take too long, and the new general manager could be in place shortly after the season ends, if not before. The offseason starts in just a couple months, and if Arte Moreno chooses to go with someone from outside the organization, it's imperative that he or she is given time to learn the ins and outs of the franchise.
It was a rather shocking move back on July 1st when Jerry Dipoto abruptly resigned as Angels GM, citing differences that he felt would only be resolved if he stepped aside. Many assumed that those differences were with manager Mike Scioscia; which the new GM may or may not encounter.
Dipoto and Scioscia's perceived issues were over advanced analytics, and conveying them to the players before the game. It's unclear if the Angels are targeting a specific type of background for their future GM, but since Moreno has invested so heavily in Scioscia, he should make sure that they're compatible.