Source: Jerry Dipoto could step down as Angels GM …
Jerry Dipoto is considering stepping down as the Angels’ general manager, industry sources told MLB.com on Tuesday, one day after a FoxSports.com report detailed friction between the front office and coaching staff.
“It’s possible,” said the source, who couldn’t speak on the matter publicly.
The Angels declined comment on the matter. Dipoto did not respond to several requests seeking comment.
Sources said Dipoto packed up his office and left early Tuesday. Angels owner Arte Moreno then made an appearance in the Angels’ clubhouse after his team captured its fourth straight victory with a 2-1 win over the Yankees. But team officials said no announcement was pending Tuesday night.
Dipoto, 47, joined the Angels for his first GM job after the 2011 season and helped guide the team to a Major League-best 98 wins in 2014. Early this year, Moreno picked up the club option on Dipoto’s contract for 2016.
Dipoto, a longtime Major League reliever, joined the Angels after front-office stints with the Red Sox, Rockies and D-backs, where he briefly served as the interim general manager. In three-plus years with the Angels, Dipoto agreed to extensions with core players Mike Trout, Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar; traded for the likes of Huston Street, Chris Iannetta, David Freese, Hector Santiago, Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney; acquired C.J. Wilson and Joe Smith in free agency; and helped oversee the lucrative, owner-driven signings of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton.
Along the way, Dipoto acquired a bevy of pitching depth for an Angels farm system sorely lacking in talent. But he also bumped heads with Mike Scioscia throughout his first two years, disagreeing on the implementation of scouting information and advanced analytics and drawing the ire of the long-time manager over the dismissal of hitting coach Mickey Hatcher.
In 2013 — after the offseason additions of Hamilton, Joe Blanton, Tommy Hanson, Sean Burnett and Ryan Madson all backfired — the Angels finished 18 games out of first place. And for most of 2015 — from the early part of Spring Training until the end of April — the Angels’ brass was engaged in an awkward, contentious situation with Hamilton, who suffered a drug relapse in February and stayed away from the team until being traded back to the Rangers.
On Monday, a FoxSports.com report stated that “emotions simmered” amid a series of meetings revolving around the front office’s belief that the coaching staff was doing an inadequate job of relaying scouting information to players. In those meetings, occurring this past weekend, at least one coach “responded heatedly” to Dipoto and Pujols issued “a pointed rebuttal” to the fourth-year GM.