According to Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, Los Angeles Angels assistant general manager Jonathan Strangio will not be returning to his post in 2021. The loss of Strangio furthers a complete rebuild of the Angels front office. After letting go of general manager Billy Eppler, the Halos will also be without two additional key cogs of their front office this upcoming season.
Strangio is likely to pursue other options in the sport at a later date after informing the Angels in August that he would not be returning, citing family reasons. The Angels have also lost a second additional assistant general manager in Steve Martone.
Strangio is a Harvard alumni and widely considered in front office circles to be amongst the rising stars in his field. He will likely someday become a general manager, but the wait will ensue.
The Angels and Arte Moreno are likely looking to completely overhaul a front office that seen the firing of general manager Billy Eppler and the loss of senior advisor Tony La Russa to the Chicago White Sox in recent days. The club is still on the prowl for an Eppler replacement and the situation will likely find a resolution in the coming days. No team wants to head into free agency and the Winter Meetings without a key member of the front office in place.
A new-look front office could be just what the Angels need. Billy Eppler was the casualty of poor spending by Arte Moreno in all honesty, but the Angels never made the playoffs under Eppler. Change was necessary and it’s entirely possible that someone new will be the right answer to getting the Halos back into contention. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but this time in reverse.
Strangio was a large piece to the puzzle for the Angels’ front office as he took over a solid amount of the baseball operations strategy. He will be missed within the front office as it appears to be the end of a front office era for the Angels.