Yanks exec to join Angels as GM
Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler agreed Monday to terms on a four-year contract to become general manager of the Angels. Eppler will oversee all aspects of the club’s baseball operations and report directly to owner Arte Moreno. Eppler will be the 12th general manager in franchise history.
“We used a lot of time, energy and research into the decision to fill this very critical position,” Moreno said. “We interviewed several quality individuals throughout the process. In the end, Billy’s experience in the areas of scouting, player development and major league operations, in addition to his organizational and communication skills, were primary reasons for our decision. He is energetic, creative and has a tremendous passion for the game. We look forward to him joining the organization and making his impact felt in short order.”
“I cannot adequately express how excited I am for the opportunity Arte Moreno and the Angels have given me,” Eppler said. “The Angels are committed to championship standards. They are committed to being a perennial contender, and many of the pieces are already in place for that to occur. I look forward to a collaborative effort as we look to enhance and advance every phase of the baseball operations department. This is an organization with a tremendous amount of talent on and off the field, and I am excited to begin the next chapter of Angels baseball.”
Eppler, 40, is a native of San Diego. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1998 and began his sports career as an intern in the Washington Redskins scouting department. He began his baseball career with the Rockies in January 2000 as an area scouting supervisor for southern California. He joined the front office as assistant director of pro scouting & player development from 2003-04.
The 2015 season was Eppler’s 11th with the Yankees. He was assistant director of baseball operations from 2004-06, director of professional scouting from 2006-09 and senior director of professional personnel from 2010-11. He was in his fourth season as assistant general manager and first as vice-president this year.
Eppler’s responsibilities for the Yankees and assisting general manager Brian Cashman included player acquisitions, roster composition and management, staffing and personnel decisions, and player contract negotiations. Eppler resides in New York City with his wife Catherine and son Xander.