Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have called a news conference for 5 p.m. (et) today, when they will officially name Paul DePodesta their new general manager.
DePodesta had worked for the last five seasons with the Oakland Athletics, where he served as Billy Beane's top aid. DePodesta, a graduate of Harvard in 1995, was hired by the Cleveland Indians in 1996 as an intern in the baseball operations department. He was an advance scout with Cleveland in 1997 and '98 before being promoted as special assistant to the general manager.
The move to hire DePodesta comes the week after the sale of the Dodgers was finalized to new owner Frank McCourt. Dan Evans was about to start the final year of a three-year contract. Phillies assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and former agent Dennis Gilbert were other candidates to interview with the Dodgers for the GM job.
This will be the sixth general manager for the Dodgers in less than six years, as DePodesta follows Evans, Dave Wallace, Kevin Malone, Tom Lasorda and Fred Claire.