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New Angels GM lures Rangers executive Scott Servais to Anaheim

AngelslogoIf you can't beat them, hire them. That might be part of the motivation for new Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto, who has lured Scott Servais, the Texas Rangers' player development director, to Anaheim.

Servais, a former major league catcher who in six years helped turn a relatively barren Rangers farm system into one of baseball's best, will be the Angels assistant GM, and he will oversee the team's scouting and player development efforts.

Over the past six years, Servais has overseen the development of numerous young players, such as shortstop Elvis Andrus, closer Neftali Feliz, outfielder Julio Borbon and pitchers Derek Holland and Matt Harrison, who have helped Texas win the last two American League West championships and reach the last two World Series.

The Rangers under Servais have also developed a number of young players -- such as Justin Smoak, Chris Davis, Blake Beaven and Tommy Hunter -- who have been used to acquire key players such as Cliff Lee to fuel their playoff runs.

Servais played 11 big league seasons for four teams -- the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies -- from 1991-2001 and finished with a career average of .245, 63 home runs and 319 runs batted in.


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