Former Angels GM Dipoto joins Red Sox in short-term role

MIAMI (AP) Former Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has been hired by the Boston Red Sox in a short-term consulting role.

Dipoto will assist general manager Ben Cherington and the baseball operations department in evaluating talent and assisting with offseason plans, the Red Sox said. The disappointing Red Sox went into Wednesday's game at Miami with a record of 50-63, worst in the American League.

Larry Lucchino recently announced he will step down as president and CEO of the Red Sox at the end of this season.

Dipoto worked as a scout for Boston in 2003-04. He was the Angels' general manager for 3 1/2 years before resigning July 1 following clashes with manager Mike Scioscia that began the first year they worked together.

Dipoto, a former major league pitcher, was the Arizona Diamondbacks' interim GM before the Angels hired him to replace Tony Reagins.

The Angels won 98 games and the AL West title last season in their only playoff appearance during Dipoto's tenure. Perhaps his most significant deal was signing AL MVP Mike Trout to a $144.5 million, six-year contract extension.