The Angels on Thursday hired Perry Minasian, who spent the past three years as the Atlanta Braves assistant general manager, to be their new general manager, according to a source.
Minasian replaces Billy Eppler, who was fired as GM after the Angels’ fifth consecutive losing season. The team then opened up a wide-ranging search that saw them interview at least 16 candidates before deciding on Minasian.
Minasian, 40, began his life in baseball helping his father, who was the Texas Rangers clubhouse manager. Minasian then became a scout with the Rangers, before moving on to spend six years in the Toronto Blue Jays front office and the last three with the Braves.
Minasian was the Blue Jays’ director of professional scouting when they reached the American League Championship Series in 2015 and 2016. The Braves have finished first in all three of his seasons in Atlanta. This season, the Braves lost to the Dodgers in the NLCS.
Minasian was selected from a group of five finalists, which included Seattle Mariners assistant GM Justin Hollander, Arizona Diamondbacks assistant GMs Jared Porter and Amiel Sawdaye and Chicago Cubs vice president of player personnel Jason McLeod.
Minasian is the third first-time GM to be hired by owner Arte Moreno. Neither Tony Reagins nor Eppler had ever led a baseball operations department before taking over the Angels. Jerry Dipoto had been the Diamondbacks interim GM before getting the Angels job.
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