Angels name Braves' Minasian general manager

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Perry Minasian, an assistant general manager with the Atlanta Braves, was named the new GM of the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.

The Angels signed Minasian to a four-year contract. In a statement, Angels owner Arte Moreno said Minasian’s “background in scouting and player development, along with his unique understanding of roster construction, were the leading factors in our decision.”

Minasian, who will replace Billy Eppler, was among five candidates who advanced into the second round of interviews this week and was seen as the clear front-runner as of Wednesday night.

Minasian, 40, comes from a deep-rooted baseball family and has spent more than three-quarters of his life in the major leagues, beginning as a bat boy for the Texas Rangers when he was 8 years old. Minasian, whose father, Zack, was the Rangers’ longtime clubhouse manager, served as a bat boy and a clubhouse attendant for 15 years, then spent the next six years as an advanced scout and a staff assistant for former Rangers manager Buck Showalter.

From there, Minasian spent nine seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, six of which came as director of pro scouting. In the last two years of that

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