Angels hire Dipoto as general manager

Jerry Dipoto will be the Los Angeles Angels’ new general manager, and an official announcement is expected after the World Series, has learned.

Dipoto, a former relief pitcher in the major leagues, had most recently served as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ senior vice president of scouting and player development.

Before that he got front-office experience with the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox.

Dipoto also had been a leading candidate for the Orioles’ GM vacancy, sources said. The Angels were expected to conduct a lengthy interview process but apparently made a more rapid decision to ensure they got their man.

The Angels’ job will not be Dipoto’s first as a general manager. He served briefly as the Diamondbacks’ interim GM in 2010, making two highly regarded trades before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

First, Dipoto sent right-hander Dan Haren to the Angels for lefty Joe Saunders and three pitching prospects — lefties Tyler Skaggs and Pat Corbin and righty Rafael Rodriguez. Then, he acquired righty Daniel Hudson and another pitching prospect, lefty Dan Holmberg, from the White Sox for right-hander Edwin Jackson.

Dipoto pitched in 390 major league games from 1993 to 2000, spending two seasons each with the Cleveland Indians and New York Mets and four with the Rockies.

Dipoto replaces Tony Reagins, who unexpectedly resigned as Angels GM in late September after the team did not make the postseason for the second consecutive year.

Reagins, who had served as GM since replacing Bill Stoneman after the 2007 season, remains with the Angels as a special assistant to chairman Dennis Kuhl.