MINNEAPOLIS — The Angels moved Tuesday to defuse speculation they were pursuing former closer Troy Percival, possibly as a replacement for pitching coach Mike Butcher, and Percival said Tuesday that “no one has contacted me directly” about a job with the team.
Percival, who took over this spring as varsity coach for a struggling Moreno Valley High program, said he recently received a call from his agent, Paul Cohen, saying the Angels had “made an inquiry.” But Cohen left for vacation, and Percival has not talked to the agent about it since.
Foxsports.com, citing a major league source, reported that a third party had contacted Percival about a coaching job, though it was unclear whether that pursuit was related to the Angels’ early-season pitching struggles.
“I figured if there was anything to it, they would have called me because I talk to Tim all the time,” Percival said, referring to Tim Mead, Angels vice president of communications. “I didn’t read much into it.”