Angels bringing in Brogna …
The Angels are expected to bring in former first baseman Rico Brogna to be a special assistant to general manager Jerry Dipoto, sources said.
Brogna, 43, played with Dipoto on the Mets from 1995-96 and has worked under him in the past. His role with the Angels will be part-scouting and part-coaching, mainly in the Minor Leagues.
Brogna — a highly touted quarterback out of high school — spent nine years in the Majors with the Phillies, Mets, Braves, Red Sox and Tigers from 1992 to 2001, compiling a .269/.320/.445 slash line and 106 home runs. After retiring, Brogna coached high-school football and basketball, then coached wide receivers at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. In 2010, he managed the D-backs’ Double-A affiliate — when Dipoto was director of scouting and player personnel — and then became head football coach at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Connecticut, before leaving in August 2012.
The addition of Brogna, as well as Rick Eckstein as the Angels’ seventh Major League coach, will be official once paperwork is processed by Major League Baseball.