Boston Red Sox hire Jerry Dipoto as front office adviser
The Boston Red Sox have hired former Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto as an adviser to assist the front office in evaluating talent and preparing for the offseason, according to a report from MLB Network’s Peter Gammons.
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Dipoto, a former scout in the Red Sox organization, will work on making his evaluations and providing recommendations to Ben Cherington. Given how many of Cherington’s decisions backfired last winter, getting a fresh take from an outside source certainly couldn’t hurt.
It remains unclear if this interim role could lead to a future permanent position within the organization, but sources have told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports that Dipoto’s deal does not preclude him from pursuing a GM position at any time.
Dipoto walked away from his position with the Angels last month over differences with manager Mike Scoiscia.
"“I’m 47 years old, and this is the only industry I’ve ever worked in,” Dipoto said following his departure from the Angels. “I feel like I have a lot to offer. I’m not done working. I think there are things in which I can really help an organization, up to and including the potential of doing this job again. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, I’ll have no regrets. Over the last 3 1/2 years we’ve done a lot more good than bad.”"
The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo mentions the Seattle Mariners (if the job becomes available) and Milwaukee Brewers as teams that have been linked to Dipoto for a potential GM role. If that position were to be offered to him, you can bet that Dipoto would jump at the chance to serve as the GM for another franchise, but if nothing on that level comes along then he could potentially carve out a larger role in the Red Sox organization.
Before joining the Angels, Dipoto was the interim GM for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was first brought to Arizona by former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes, who was familiar with him from their time together in the Red Sox organization.