Roster Expansion, Returning Players, and the GM Search

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Angels Assistant GM Matt Klentak is a top candidate for the vacant Angels GM seat.

Angels Assistant GM Matt Klentak is one of the top candidates that will be interviewing for the vacant Angels GM seat.

It’s that time of the season when players are called up from the minor leagues, and teams see new faces that could possibly have an impact on the current club, and in the future. On Tuesday the Angels made a ton of roster moves:

Players returning from the DL

  • RHP: Cory Rasmus (arm tightness)
  • 3B: David Freese (broken finger)
  • UT: Taylor Featherston (back strain)
  • OF: Collin Cowgill (right wrist)
  • OF: Matt Joyce (concussion)

Players who were called up on September 1

  • RHP: Nick Tropeano (5.51 ERA / 2.21 FIP / 1.408 WHIP in 3 starts with the Angels)
  • RHP: Mike Morin (struggled after returning from injury)
  • LHP: Wesley Wright (contract selected, signed minor league deal July 30)
  • C: Jett Bandy (.291/.347.466 at AAA Salt Lake: )

Players designated for assignment

  • RHP: Drew Rucinski
  • OF: Alfredo Marte

The Search For A New GM

Interviews have begun. And with the narrative being that Mike Scioscia will have the power and influence in the hiring process, Alden Gonzalez of had this to report after talking with the Angels skipper:

Bottom line is that Scioscia and Jerry Dipoto were almost never on the same page. Dipoto worried too much about making his mark instead of just being a GM and letting the manager manage. Yankees Assistant GM Bill Eppler and current Angels Assistant GM Matt Klentak are two names floating around a lot in this search. Both could possible bring that element of new age player evaluation and development, along with the ability to be on the same page with Scioscia. Bill Stoneman was a prospect hoarder, but he and Scioscia were always on the same page, and Stoneman always got Scioscia what he needed to win. The next Angels GM will have to be one who can do both. That’s the key.