ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are losing farm director Scott Servais, who has been with the club since November 2005 and was one of general manager Jon Daniels' first hires. Servais agreed to terms to become the Angels' assistant general manager in charge of scouting and player development. He has a strong relationship with Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto. They both played together in Colorado and were members of the Rockies' front office in 2005 before Servais was hired by the Rangers. "Mixed emotions as we will miss him here, but excited for him 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."
The Rangers have not decided who will replace Servais in one of the most important front-office positions. "I don't plan to speculate on how we might structure the department until we're ready to announce our decision there," Daniels said. Servais has spent the past six seasons with the Rangers. His official title was senior director of player development and under his watch the Rangers have built one of the best farm systems in baseball. The Rangers had five of their six farm teams advance to the playoffs for the third time in the last four years. Overall, Rangers farm teams went 431-332 for a .565 winning percentage this past season. That was the third best in franchise history and best since 1974. Servais was also a former Major League catcher with the Astros, Cubs, Giants and Rockies, and was a member of the 1988 United States Olympic Team that won a gold medal in Seoul, South Korea. He was actively involved in instructing the Rangers' catchers from the Major League team on down. "I would like to thank the Texas Rangers for the opportunity they gave me," Servais said in a statement. "They have some phenomenal baseball people from which I have learned a tremendous amount."