What hiring Jerry Dipoto means for Red Sox

Rob Bradford
August 12, 2015 - 11:45 am

MIAMI -- As was first reported by Peter Gammons, the Red Sox have hired former Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto as a consultant for the remainder of the season. Dipoto's chief responsibilities will be to evaluate the talent within the Red Sox' organization heading into the offseason. "A fresh set of eyes," is how one team executive identified the role. It is a similar role served by Allard Baird after he was fired by the Royals and hired by the Red Sox. Baird went on to sign on for a more permanent position with the Red Sox, currently carrying the title of VP/player personnnel for the club. "He's come in to review our system, our big league club," said Red Sox manager John Farrell after his team's 14-6 loss to the Marlins Wednesday. "I know it's an objective view to be brought in and give feedback, information to Ben, his assessment and recommendations going forward." Dipoto has familiarity with the Red Sox organization, having worked for the Sox as a scout during the 2003 and '04 seasons. He also was a roommate of manager Farrell when both were playing in the Indians' organization. It is unclear if the hiring will be a short-term stop for Dipoto, who most likely will explore front office positions in the offseason. Dipoto resigned from his job as Angels general manager earlier this season after his latest run-in with Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia and the coaching staff. Before joining the Angels, the 46-year-old served as the interim GM for the Diamondbacks. He was originally brought to the Arizona organization by former Diamondbacks' GM Josh Byrnes, who had been familiar with DiPoto when both were with the Red Sox.