Oppenheimer out of Angels GM mix; Eppler called for second interview

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Via Jon Heyman and Mike DiGiovanna, Billy Eppler has been called by the Angels for a second interview about their GM job. Damon Oppenheimer was told that he is not longer being considered for the position, however. The Yankees gave the Halos permission to interview their two scouting directors, pro (Eppler) and amateur (Opp), earlier this month, and it seems like the Angels are starting to narrow the field down a bit. Dan Barbarisi wrote a great article about how Eppler and his department were able to unearth some hidden gems back in May.

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What Went As Expected: Nick Swisher
Open Thread: Rained Out
  • http://bleedingyankeeblue.com Jesse

    Yay Oppenheimer is staying! (For now).

    • Urban

      He’s also on the Orioles list. It’s only a matter of time before he goes since he’s getting called to interview with greater frequency and there doesn’t appear to be an opening on the Yankees side, unless they end up doing what the Cubs did with Epsetin and promote Cashman to President of Baseball Operations and then promote Openheimer to GM.

      Everyone’s focused on Openheimer, but I wonder if the loss of Eppler might be greater. Hopefully the Yankees have are deep on the front office side.

  • Reggie C.

    If Eppler takes the job he’ll undoubtedly raid the Yanks’ cupboard and take Oppenheimer.

    • The Fallen Phoenix

      I would suspect that Oppenheimer would rather stay in NY and possibly take Eppler’s job, rather than move to LA and be an underling to the guy who beat him for the GM job.

      • radnom

        Not to mention that the director of one department would not be able to raid the FO and take the directors of other departments. This is not at all like Boston or San Diego, where their GMs are leaving.

        • Ted Nelson

          I think Oppenheimer’s contract is up

          • The Big City of Dreams

            You’re right it is up. If given the opportunity do you think he leaves?

            • Ted Nelson

              I really don’t know… Money is probably a factor. Responsibility. NY vs. LA (especially if he’s got a family). Chances of parlaying the deal into a GM job.

              • The Big City of Dreams

                Yep there are many factors to weigh when it comes to making a decision. It will be interesting to see what they do.

          • Curtis

            Nah he got 1 more year left.(why the angels had to get permission)

            • Ted Nelson

              What I’ve read was that he has one more week left until the WS is over, and that’s why they had to get permission.

              • Urban

                You’re right. His contract is up as is Cashman’s. Odd they timed it that way. Hmmmm, I wonder if Cashman did that on purpose to increase his own leverage?!

  • Jumpin’ Jack Swisher (formerly Jorge)

    I’m still rooting for Kim Ng. Would love to see the first female GM.

    • vinny-b

      a male feminist. Ok. Takes all kinds

    • Curtis

      Just because she’s female? What are her qualifications?

      • Jumpin’ Jack Swisher (formerly Jorge)

        Are you both 12? Seriously.

        • White Dude (bigot)

          She is unfit for baseball. This is a manly man game. Asian women should become doctors, not leaders. Her natural abilities in the mathematical fields should ensure that she becomes a fiscally sound general manager. Perhaps she will try selling Vernon Wells at her 99 cent store? Hardie har har

  • NHYankeesFan

    I saw on MLBtraderumors that the Angels have interest in Omar Minaya. That means the Yankees might be able to get Dan Haren for next to nothing

  • Colin

    Ah I was hoping it would go the other way around. I prefer Eppler. Either way I can see Cashman doing another 3 year deal and then maybe wanting to be the team president a la Theo, with whoever’s left in house here replace him

    • Ted Nelson

      How much information do you have on Eppler and Oppenheimer on which to base your opinion?