Yankees Front Office Staying Put as Angels Hire Dipoto

On Saturday the Angels announced that they hired Jerry Dipoto as their general manager. A move that ensured the Yankees front office looks the same in 2012 as it did in 2011.

The Yankees Vice President and Director of Amateur Scouting, Damon Oppenheimer, and their Director of Pro Scouting, Billy Eppler, both interviewed for the Angels opening GM position. Eppler even got a second interview, but in the end neither of them are hired.

It’s obviously great news for the Yankees that both talented men are staying at their posts, but both are likely going to be GM’s at some point. So the Yankees will lose them eventually. It just won’t be now.

If you are not familiar with what each of these people do, Eppler is essentially in charge of scouting all the professional baseball players and has a lot of input on players the Yankees sign or trade for. Oppenheimer is in charge of scouting all of the amateur ball players and has lots of input on whom the Yankees draft.

Eppler specifically had a large hand in the Yankees signing Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon, Cory Wade, and Luis Ayala. He also recommended the signing of Russell Martin, Eric Chavez, and Andruw Jones. You can read more about Eppler in this column by Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger.

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