The Anaheim Angels’ general manager search has apparently resulted in Atlanta Braves senior VP of baseball operations and assistant general manager Perry Minasian becoming the front runner for the job, per multiple reports.
Minasian, interestingly, has some old, old school family ties...the 40 year old is the son of Zack Minasian, who was a longtime clubhouse manager for the Texas Rangers, and Perry worked as a batboy and as an assistant to his dad in the clubhouse before eventually becoming a scout for the Rangers. Minasian was brought to Toronto by then Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopolous in 2009, and in 2010 was promoted to be the director of pro scouting. Minasian stayed on in Toronto after Anthopolous left after the 2015 season, but ultimately re-joined Anthopolous in Atlanta, where his former boss had taken over after the 2017 season in the aftermath of the scandal that cost John Coppolella his g.m. spot with the Braves.
The Angels fired their previous general manager, Billy Eppler, after a very disappointing 2020 season. The Angels g.m. job is seen as particularly challenging, despite the large market and high payroll, due to the mercurial nature of owner Arte Moreno, who tends to be much more hands on than most owners.
UPDATE — Rosenthal says Minasian is the new g.m.