Damon Oppenheimer, the Yankees scouting director since 2005, is rumored to be near the top of the Angels list in their search for a new GM, according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.
Oppenheimer’s name has been coming up over the past few years for a number of open general manager spots, but so far the only time a team even requested the Yankees permission to interview him was the Diamondbacks last year. However, the Yankees denied that claim.
So far, Heyman reports, the Yankees have not been contact for permission to speak with him again, but after they turned down the D-Backs last year it seems likely that they would turn down the Angels again this year.
That is because the Yankees like him very much in the capacity he is serving right now and because he is a free agent after the 2012 season they may just tell him to sit tight and serve out one more year before he is set free.
Ultimately the decision may be tied to Brian Cashman‘s situation. If they re-sign him, which is very likely, he may want to keep Oppenheimer on. Although he could just beat Opp to the punch and replace him now rather than a year from now. If Cashman doesn’t come back to the Bronx, the Yankees could promote Oppenheimer or replace Cashman with somebody else, who at that point might want his own guy as head of scouting.