Texas Rangers rumors: Thad Levine, the assistant general manager for the Texas Rangers, will be a candidate for the Los Angeles Angels general manager job, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. DiGiovanna says that Levine was a finalist the last time the job opened up, when Jerry DiPoto ended up getting hired.
DiPoto departed the organization earlier this year in the aftermath of a power struggle that he lost to manager Mike Scioscia. The Angels g.m. job is considered to be one of the less influential g.m. jobs out there because of the amount of power Scioscia holds, as well as the level of involvement that owner Arte Moreno has with the team.
Levine has been mentioned as a future g.m. before, and there has been talk that the Rangers would eventually elevate Jon Daniels to the role of president of baseball operations, like Theo Epstien in Chicago and Dave Dombrowski in Boston, which would allow Levine to stay in Texas and assume the general manager role. If the Angels are serious about pursuing Levine, this could accelerate such plans, as the Rangers would no doubt like to keep him from joining a divisional rival.