Former Dodgers GM Dan Evans and White Sox assistant Rick Hahn are both under strong consideration for the Angels, although it remains unclear if Hahn formally has thrown his hat in the ring. Kim Ng, the former University of Chicago softball player who has been an assistant GM for the Yankees and Dodgers, is considered a serious contender, with Arte Moreno among the few owners who would be bold enough to hire baseball's first female GM. Evans and Ng also have ties to the White Sox. … The Athletics don't think coach Curt Young was what went wrong with the Red Sox's pitchers in September. They hired him to serve as a coach for Bob Melvin, putting him back where he spent the best years of his playing career. There was a feeling in Boston that pitchers took advantage of Young, whom Clay Buchholz describes as "laid back.'' … Former White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker, a native of Georgia, was thrilled to land a hitting coach job with the Braves. Paul Konerko, in particular, could miss him. … Yadier Molina's trip to the World Series makes this the sixth Series in the last 10 years with one of the three catching Molina brothers. … Speaking of that, Cardinals' reliever Arthur Rhodes is in position to duplicate the trick pulled off by Bengie Molina a year ago, when he got World Series shares from both the Giants and Rangers. The Rangers released Rhodes and used Josh Hamilton's ninth-inning sacrifice fly off him Thursday night to help win Game 2. Outfielder Lonnie Smith (1985) is the only other player to get World Series shares from both teams (Cardinals and Royals). … Starlin Castro is not the only impressive shortstop in the Cubs' inventory. Junior Lake, a better fielder than Castro, is flashing power while on pace to set stolen base record in the Arizona Fall League. He could open next season at Triple-A. … The Rangers' C.J. Wilson is hurting his free-agent value with a poor October. The talk is he can't be viewed as anything more than a No. 3 starter on a contending team. … Commissioner Bud Selig says he hasn't abandoned hope of getting a hard slotting system in the labor deal currently being negotiated, but most observers feel it has been off the table for a long time. "I want to go back to helping the 10 or 12 smaller-market clubs that need to be helped,'' he says. … Selig continues to wrestle with Jim Crane's controversial bid to buy the Astros. The New York Post has reported that Crane has asked MLB to give him $50 million to move from the National League to the American League. If that's true, it's another reason for owners to question whether they want him in their club. Some wonder if Crane is looking for face-saving ways to pull out of a deal that has spotlighted his checkered history in business. … The Blue Jays suffered a blow in the seemingly low-pressure World Cup earlier this month in Panama. Catcher Travis d'Arnaud, the franchise's top prospect, tore ligaments in his left thumb, prompting a major surgery that could limit him at the start of 2012. … How big of a business is scouting? The Blue Jays reportedly have 28 amateur scouts and 10 associate scouts and video coordinators at the 85-team Perfect Game World Wood Bat championship being played in Jupiter, Fla.