Angels pluck Servais in potential front-office raid

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Two teams are interested in turning the Texas Rangers' pitching coach into a big-league manager. Meanwhile, another team has plucked the Rangers' director of player development.

Scott Servais was hired Friday by American League West rival Los Angeles as assistant general manager. Servais will oversee the Angels' scouting and player development.

"Mixed emotions as we will miss him here, but excited for him taking on this new challenge," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "Scott's been a big part of our success, not just on the development side, but overall. He's a good friend and a talented baseball man."

Daniels declined to discuss how the Rangers plan to replace Servais, though Texas' first preference is to hire from within the organization.

Jake Krug could be in line for a promotion. He currently is the assistant director of player development.

"Fortunately, [Scott] helped put together an outstanding staff, so we're confident others will step up and we won't miss a beat," Daniels said. "Our commitment to scouting and development does not change. I'm looking forward to competing against him."

The Rangers also have an opening for an amateur scout after Milwaukee hired Andy Pratt as a pro scout.

They might be looking for a pitching coach if Mike Maddux leaves to become a manager.

He will interview Tuesday with Boston and Wednesday with the Chicago Cubs. Both clubs have been granted permission to speak with him about their managerial vacancies.

But other clubs have not sought permission to speak with assistant general manager Thad Levine or A.J. Preller, the senior director of player development, for GM openings.

Briefly

The five players who were outrighted from the 40-man roster Wednesday have become free agents. Four - Andres Blanco, Esteban German, Eric Hurley and Merkin Valdez - opted for free agency. Omar Beltre became a free agent based on his minor-league service time.

Right-hander Mason Tobin, selected in the Rule 5 draft last year, was outrighted to Triple A Round Rock after the Angels declined taking him back. Tobin was injured in April and had season-ending elbow surgery. The Rangers have 31 players on the 40-man roster.

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760

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