Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Black, Angels

Tracy Ringolsby of suggests that Bud Black might appeal to the Angels as a general manager.

Here's what a major league executive told this blog: "Makes some sense. The owner likes him -- plus he has the relationship with Mike Scioscia."

Responding to an e-mail query from this blog, Black said: "Just speculation. Not commenting on it."

Black was Scioscia's pitching coach in Anaheim for seven years before the Gunslinger hired him as manager Bruce Bochy's replacement entering the 2007 season. With the Padres leading the National League West in July 2010, the Strategic Thinkers gave Black a three-year extension that guarantees his salary through 2013 and includes club options for 2014-15.

Under Jeff Moorad, all three Padres clubs have ranked in the bottom four in major league payroll. Moorad says the payroll will rise next year to about $54 million, which will be near the bottom.

The Angels likely will have a payroll of more than $100 million and are in a four-team division.

With the Indians, Black worked in the front office, and he's comfortable with both scouting and statistical methods to evaluate personnel. While working for the Angels, he commuted from Rancho Santa Fe, where he still lives.

I see Black as more likely to stay than to go. He has told me a few times that he's encouraged by the Padres' young pitching, plus the pitching prospects acquired for Mike Adams, and others such as Double-A righty Casey Kelly and Single-A ace Keyvius Sampson. He also has changed the station-to-station approach to baserunning that prevailed under the Alderson Gang to a go-go approach similiar to that with the Angels.

Black's strong relationship with Scioscia, however, would make him and the Angels at least contemplate a potential reunion.

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