Los Angeles Angels: Dave Dombrowski takes himself out of running for GM job
By Daniel Preciado
The Angels are on the hunt for a new GM and Dave Dombrowski has dropped out of the race.
The Angels’ ongoing search for a new general manager continues and will be without one suitor. Former Red Sox and Tigers front office lead man Dave Dombrowski has reportedly taken himself out of the running for the Angels’ GM vacancy, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
While Dombrowski was under internal consideration from a great number of teams with important front office vacancies, it does not appear that Dombrowski is actively seeking out a job in Major League Baseball at the moment. This should provide a sigh of relief for Halos fans considering it was not the Angels’ fault in the recruiting process, it is simply just Dombrowski not pursuing another job title.
The Angels still have as many as a dozen people still in the running for the vacancy and the process will likely reach a resolution in the coming months. The team simply cannot enter the 2020 equivalent of the Winter Meetings — they will not take place in person this year due to COVID-19 restrictions — without a head to the baseball operations department. This is a key offseason for the Angels in particular and they need to be guided properly.
At this point in time, it appears the Angels are looking at mostly people who have vast experience as either GMs or baseball operations executives instead of youth. This is likely the way to go considering the Angels appear to just be a piece or two away from being in the thick of the AL West to contend.
Outside of Dombrowski, one of the names that has made constant appearances in the headlines has been former Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.. Amaro Jr. worked under Hall of Fame executive Pat Gillick on the 2008 Phillies World Series title team and then became the general manager in 2009. He appears to be the most qualified candidate in the running at the moment, but the Angels could very well surprise the masses with their decision and go in an entirely different direction. The Angels are uniquely positioned as a team that is begging for a competent front office to take them to the promised land. They have a lot of the necessary pieces to do it, but devising a plan to get them over the hump needs to come from the top — something that can be addressed as early as this month.