Bud Black hired, other FO changes …
The Angels announced Tuesday that they have hired Bud Black as a special assistant to new general manager Billy Eppler, as was initially reported by MLB.com last week.
Black was the Angels’ pitching coach from 2000-06, then left to serve as manager of the Padres, a post he was dismissed from this past June.
The Angels previously announced former third-base coach and bench coach Ron Roenicke as the third-base coach for the 2016 season, moving Gary DiSarcina to first base among several other coaching moves.
Black was reportedly one of three finalists for the Dodgers’ managerial vacancy recently, a job that ultimately went to his ex-bench coach, Dave Roberts. Earlier, Black seemed to be in line to be the Nats manager until he and ownership disagreed on the terms of his contract, prompting the hiring of Dusty Baker.
Other front-office positions announced by the Angels include: Mike Gallego as director of baseball development, Justin Hollander as director of player personnel, Mike LaCassa as director of Minor League operations, Steve Martone and Jonathan Strangio as assistant GM, and Bobby Scales as special assistant to the GM.
Gallego, whose hiring was also reported last week, was previously the A’s third-base coach. Scales was most recently the Angels’ director of player development.