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Scott Servais headed to Angels

The Angels announced on Friday that they've hired Scott Servais to be the assistant general manager, scouting and player development reporting to general manager Jerry Dipoto.

Servais, 44, was named senior director of player development for the Rangers when Jon Daniels took over as general manager prior to the 2006 season.

Servais, who played 11 big league seasons as a catcher, was a pro scout for the Rockies when Dipoto was the director of player personnel. Servais helped develop the Rangers' players in the farm system and worked with the major league catchers. Nelson Cruz credits Servais for helping him alter his swing in 2007 that led the slugger to figure out how to succeed at the big league level.

Daniels said he had "mixed emotions" about Servais' departure.

"We will miss him here, but [are] excited for him in taking on this new challenge," 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. Fortunately, he helped put together an outstanding staff, so we're confident others will step up and we won't miss a beat. Our commitment to scouting and development does not change."

Daniels said the organization in not ready to discuss how they will fill Servais' position yet.

"I would like to thank the Texas Rangers for the opportunity they gave me," said Servais in a release sent out by the Angels. "They have some phenomenal baseball people from which I have learned a tremendous amount. I’m thrilled to join yet another top organization in the Angels, Owner Arte Moreno, President John Carpino & General Manager Jerry Dipoto.

"We will hit the ground running in the scouting & player development program to ensure the success of the Angels now and for years to come. It will be our goal to always have a championship-caliber team for our fans."

Other background on Servais from the Angels' release:

Servais began his professional with the Houston Astros after being selected in the third round of the 1988 draft. He would eventually make his Major League debut on July 12, 1991 for the Astros. During a career that included time with the Astros (1991-95, 2001), Chicago Cubs (1995-98) and San Francisco Giants (1999-2000), the La Crosse, Wisconsin native batted .245 with 130 doubles, 63 home runs and 319 RBI in 820 games. After retiring from his 14-year career in 2002, Servais held the position of roving catching instructor for the Chicago Cubs.

Servais played college baseball at Creighton University, where his head coach was former Cubs GM Jim Hendry. He was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame in 2003. He also helped Team USA win a gold medal in the 1988 Olympics and a silver medal in the 1987 Pan American Games, and earned USA Baseball's Alumni Award in 1994.

His uncle, Ed Servais, is currently the head baseball coach at Creighton and another uncle, Mark Servais, is a professional scout with the Chicago Cubs. Servais and his wife Jill currently reside in Larkspur, Colorado with their three children: Tyler, Jacqueline and Victoria.