Angels Lose DiSarcina To Red Sox





LOS ANGELES—There have been headline-grabbing, mega-millions moves at the major league level in each of Jerry Dipoto's two winters as Angels general manager: the signings of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson in December 2011 and the even more unexpected addition of Josh Hamilton this offseason.

At the same time, however, Dipoto has taken the Angels' scouting and player development departments through a virtually complete makeover.

One of the last holdovers who survived the first round of house-cleaning after Tony Reagins' dismissal following the 2011 season, former major league shortstop Gary DiSarcina, has now moved on.

DiSarcina left the Angels' front office to accept a position as manager of the Red Sox's Triple-A Pawtucket affiliate.

DiSarcina, 45, spent all of his 12-year major league career with the Angels but spent several years after his retirement in the Red Sox organization as a TV analyst and minor league instructor, including three years as manager of short-season Lowell. He returned to the Angels as a special assistant to Reagins for one season and minor league field coordinator for one season under Dipoto before returning to the special assistant role (briefly) following the 2012 season.

When the Red Sox inquired about hiring him as their Triple-A manager during the Winter Meetings, the Massachusetts native couldn't turn down the opportunity to move back near his family.

"That's not something we could offer—we don't have a team in Pawtucket, Rhode Island," Dipoto said. "We wish him nothing but the best. He'll always be loved here. We hope there's a day he'll join the Angels family again."

The Angels have not named a replacement for DiSarcina in the front office yet.

Angel Food

• The Angels signed journeyman infielder Luis Rodriguez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Rodriguez, 32, has a .238 career average in parts of six big league seasons with the Twins, Padres and Mariners. He replaces infielder Angel Sanchez, who was lost to the White Sox in the Rule 5 draft. Rodriguez will compete with Andrew Romine and Brendan Harris for a utility infielder spot on the Angels' bench next season. Rodriguez has played all four infield positions during his career but is mainly a middle infielder.

• For the second consecutive year, the Angels will forfeit their first-round pick as compensation for a big free-agent signing. In 2012, they lost their first- and second-round picks for the signings of Pujols and Wilson. This time, it's Hamilton that will cost them their first-round pick (22nd overall).