According to Boston Globe’s Nick Carardo, the Boston Red Sox are going to see some changes. ex-Los Angeles Angels GM Jerry Dipoto has been hired on an “interim basis to help with off-season moves.” This has been confirmed through other sources, as well.
And while there’s no indication just how long Dipoto will keep this role, one thing is for sure: change is afoot. Perhaps this will even be a precursor to a permanent move. Only time will tell, but for now, there’s upheaval. Some are calling the move “insignificant.” That he’s merely a “consultant” and no one knows if this will even have a long-term effect. Others are pretty sure this will morph into a longer term. Tensions are mounting with the uncertainty.
One thing is clear, though. Dipoto was publicly dissatisfied with Scioscia’s management, claiming that his methods of report-delivery were suspect.
One thing Dipoto is not, is someone to let Cherington and the rest of the Baseball Operations staff slide. So, yes, he was the squeaky wheel. The owner sided with Scioscia, basically forcing Dipoto to walk away. Without support from the top, what more could he do?
Dipoto was hired as the Angels GM at the end of 2011. Under his leadership, his team won 89 games in 2012, 78 in 2013 and 98 in 2014.
Back in 2003 and 2004, Dipoto worked alongside Cherrington, as scouts for the Red Sox.
Today, Dipoto will have his hands full. He will be out there, revving up his team, and looking to match or beat is Angels’ records. Will he succeed? Time will tell. Likewise, time will tell how long this position will last. Perhaps they go hand in hand.