Dipoto never appeared in jeopardy; Moreno hired him to play a stronger role than the team’s previous GM, Tony Reagins, and Dipoto impressed the owner with his trades for catcher Chris Iannetta, reliever Ernesto Frieri and right-hander Zack Greinke, sources say.
The best solution, some within the Angels believed, was for Scioscia to leave for another club, even though he has been the team’s manager since 2000 and is under contract through 2018. That way, the Angels could have avoided a messy parting with their manager, and Scioscia’s next team could have offset his remaining salary.
Scioscia, 53, signed a 10-year, $50 million contract on Jan. 5, 2009, and his deal includes $6 million salaries in each of the final three years, according to a source with knowledge of the details.
Scioscia, sources say, briefly considered stepping down after Dipoto dismissed Mickey Hatcher — Scioscia’s close friend, former teammate and hitting coach for 12 seasons with the Angels — on May 15.
Sources also say that at one point in August, Scioscia told Dipoto during a contentious meeting that if the GM was not satisfied with his job performance, then he should fire him.
Posted: September 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM | 31 comment(s)
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