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Angels hire Perry Minasian as GM, per report

The Angels tab a first-time GM to take over their baseball operations department.

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The Angels are hiring Braves assistant GM Perry Minasian as their new general manager, per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal:

Minasian grew up around baseball in a baseball family — his father, Zack Sr., was the longtime clubhouse manager for the Rangers, and his brother, Zack Jr., is the Giants’ director of pro scouting. Perry Minasian, 40, has been in the Braves’ front office for the past three seasons working under Alex Anthopoulos. Prior to that, he also worked under Anthopoulos with the Blue Jays.

Minasian was selected over co-finalist Justin Hollander, the Mariners’ assistant GM, as well as a host of more high-profile candidates: Rosenthal reports that they expressed interest in Rays GM Erik Neander, Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti, and Athletics GM David Forst, among many other candidates that were interviewed.

Minasian will be tasked with building a deeper, more talented roster around an extremely impressive core that includes Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, Shohei Ohtani, and David Fletcher. In particular, it’s vital for the Angels to get Trout back to the postseason, as he’s been the best player in the sport for nearly a decade but hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2014.