The Angels continue to shift the tide of their front office, making two excellent hires to support GM Perry Minasian.
According to Jim Callis of MLB.com, the Angels are hiring Los Angeles Dodgers international cross-checker Brian Parker to join the front office. The Angels have a really poor track record when it comes to international free agency, so an addition that comes from a team who is excellent with international free agency is a huge deal.
This addition to the front office can help shift the Angels’ fortunes and allow them to supplement their roster from ways that are not simply just the draft. The Angels do not have much homegrown talent to speak of outside of Mike Trout and a few others. If you were to look at the past few World Series champions, you will realize that they are teams dripping in homegrown talent. There might be some correlation there.
The Angels did not stop there as they also made a hire of former Milwaukee Brewers assistant to the general manager Ray Montgomery. Montgomery spent a great deal of time with the Brewers and helped the team land Christian Yelich amongst others. While the Brewers had a down 2020 season, they were a perennial playoff team the past few years and even snuck in this season.
Outside of Parker and Montgomery, the Angels also hired four other supplemental pieces to their front office. Alex Tamin is a huge name in the baseball industry as he spent many years as the director of baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers. As we have written about on the site, Gene Watson was also added to the staff to provide some much-needed experience on the staff. The Angels also made hires of Dominic Chiti and Rick Williams. It appears that the Halos are trying to make something of a super-FO with lots of experience and winning cultures being brought in.
As we move forward and witness what is already taking place this winter, it isn’t hard to envision this new-look front office being a drastic improvement over the reign of Billy Eppler.