Bobby Evans, who was the San Francisco Giants general manager for four years and was among their top baseball executives during their run of three World Series titles, is among the candidates the Angels have interviewed for their GM job, according to a source.
Evans joins a group that also includes former Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill, Washington Nationals special assistant Dan Jennings and Chicago Cubs vice president in charge of player personnel Jason McLeod and Seattle Mariners assistant GM Justin Hollander, a source confirmed.
The Angels have also interviewed Oakland A’s assistant GM Billy Owens, Padres special assistant Logan White and Arizona Diamondbacks assistant general managers Jared Porter and Amiel Sawdaye.
The group includes executives who have been on the staffs of eight World Series champions since 2004, including Evans’ three with the Giants in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Jennings worked for the 2019 Nationals. McLeod and Sawdaye won rings with the Red Sox in 2004, 2007 and 2013, while Porter was with the Red Sox for the first two of those. McLeod and Porter worked for the Chicago Cubs in 2016, when Joe Maddon was the manager.
That doesn’t include White, who helped sign and develop many of players who just won the World Series with the Dodgers. The 2018 Red Sox also included players from the tenures of McLeod and Sawdaye.
So far those are the only eight candidates confirmed to be on the interview list as the Angels look to replace Billy Eppler, who was fired on the final day of the regular season. It is unclear how many candidates the Angels have interviewed, or plan to interview, beyond those eight.
Evans worked for the Giants for 26 years, including the final four years with the title of general manager when Brian Sabean became the president of baseball operations. Since the Giants let Evans go after the 2019 season, he has been involved in a variety of efforts, including some work for the commissioner’s office and a part in a private equity firm including Dusty Baker.
Hill spent 19 years with the Marlins, including the past six as the top baseball executive. Although the Marlins have been rebuilding for most of his tenure, the team finished 31-29 this season, good for second in the National League East and a playoff spot. They lost in the wild card round to the Cubs.
Jennings actually worked under Hill with the Marlins, at one point taking the title of general manager when Hill was promoted to president. Jennings also briefly served as the Marlins field manager. Jennings is best known in baseball circles for scouting and player development.
Jennings has spent the past five seasons with the Nationals, including their World Series championship season in 2019.
McLeod broke into baseball along with Theo Epstein with the Padres in the early 1990s, and followed Epstein to Boston.
McLeod then returned to the Padres under Jed Hoyer, and has been with the Cubs for the past nine years.
Hollander is the first known candidate to have previously worked for the Angels, spending nine years in their baseball operations department under Tony Reagins and Jerry Dipoto. Hollander went to Seattle when the Mariners hired Dipoto.
While the Angels apparently still have a long list of GM candidates, they face a Sunday deadline to decide whether to make Andrelton Simmons a qualifying offer. Sunday is also the day that teams can begin negotiating with free agents from other clubs.