Tony Reagins Out As Angels GM

It's never fair to evaluate a general manager by one trade, or to judge a trade after one year, but the Mike NapoliVernon Wells swap didn't help Angels GM Tony Reagins' chances of keeping his job. That Napoli had back-to-back multihomer games against his former team for the playoff-bound Rangers this week as Wells sputtered to the finish line may have helped owner Arte Moreno decide it was time for change.

The Angels announced that Reagins resigned, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times (on Twitter). He'll remain with the club as a special assistant, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times (on Twitter).

The Angels won 100 games and the AL West in Reagins' first full season, 2008. They repeated as division champions the following season, but haven't been back to the playoffs since. They finished with 80 wins a year ago and wrapped up the 2011 campaign with 86 wins.

As our Transaction Tracker shows, Reagins has shaped the Angels roster since being promoted to his current role in 2007. For example, he signed Jered Weaver and Ervin Santana to extensions, traded for Dan Haren and acquired Torii Hunter, Bobby Abreu and Scott Downs on the free agent market.

A number of current Angels, including Mike Trout, were drafted under Reagins' regime. Eddie Bane, who is now on the Tigers' scouting staff, was Reagins' scouting director until the Angels replaced him last year.

The Cubs are also looking for a general manager and it appears that the Orioles could soon be searching for one as well. Familiarize yourself with candidates around the league by checking out MLBTR's list of GM Candidates.

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  1. CAD_Monkey 4 years ago

    Maybe he’ll go to Toronto, where he can openly help the Blue Jays.

    • brianc6234 4 years ago

      The first thing he can do for the Blue Jays is trade for Vernon Wells. :)

      I have nothing against Wells but his career batting average was horrible in Angel Stadium. Shouldn’t that send up a red flag?

      • bjsguess 4 years ago

        No. It shouldn’t.

        However, there were plenty of other reasons (80 million in fact) that trading for Wells was not a good move.

  2. bjsguess 4 years ago

    He got my email. Nice.

    Actually I give him props for doing the right thing. Takes a lot to walk away from a long-term contract with a good owner and a good team. 

    • BobOfArslan 4 years ago

      You’re assuming he walked and was not given a cordial invitation to resign “or else”.

      • bjsguess 4 years ago

        Given that he is staying iwth the team I assume it was a relatively easy decision with no feelings hurt.

  3. 5_tool_MiLB_fool 4 years ago


  4. Ben_Cherington 4 years ago

    Probably asked to leave!

  5. Probably asked to.

  6. Madraider 4 years ago

    Damn, there goes my dream of the Angels trading to take back Lackey.

    • The new GM might do a straight up deal, Lackey for Wells.  Still interested?

      • crashcameron 4 years ago

        actually, that’s not a half-bad idea! (on either side)

  7. bringbackandruw 4 years ago

    Oh boy I think i might drive to Anaheim and watch the parade (coming from a non-Angels fan)

  8. bjsguess 4 years ago

    My quick review of TR:

    The Good:
    — Original Abreu contract
    — Dan Haren trade
    — Jered Weaver contract
    — Drafting of Trout and fairly solid drafts overall since taking over (though most of this credit does go to scouting and Bane).
    — Torii Hunter deal (although it was pretty bad this year and will be awful next Hunter was a huge asset to the team)
    — Trading for Mark Teixeira

    The Bad:
    — New Abreu contract
    — Kazmir deal
    — Rodney deal

    The Awful:
    — Wells trade

    Best moves were the ones he didn’t make:
    — Chone Figgins
    — John Lackey
    — K-Rod (at the Mets price)
    — Mark Teixeira (at the Yankees price)
    — Carl Crawford (at the Red Sox price)
    — Adrian Beltre (at the Rangers price)

    • Jonathan Stone 4 years ago

      Your analysis is great. I’d only quibble with the Kazmir deal, he pitched well after he arrived and we didn’t give away too much for a reclamation project-a losing bet, but worth the risk. I would add to the list the break with and departure of Eddie Bane, widely regarded as one of the best eyes for talent in MLB. His departure really hurts the farm system.

      • bjsguess 4 years ago

        I agree with you. The Kazmir deal is very hard to evaluate. At the time – it was a solid move. He was terrific post trade. Even with modest regression it would have been an OK move.

        Like Dunn, Kazmir just completely feel apart – to a degree that NO ONE could have predicted. I don’t fault Reagins for the mess that Kazmir became.

    • Raymond Holguin 4 years ago

      i might argue with on the Beltre move, the production was horrible out of 3rd base spot.  Texas was a different team while he was out of the lineup vs when he came back for minor ailments.  our 3rd base production was just as horrid as our DH production. Not to mention his top notch defense. our 3B didn’t do bad defensively, but could of been better.

      • mdv1959 4 years ago

        That’s a tough call– I would have liked to have Beltre this year too but I’ll bet that contract doesn’t look to good in a couple of years.  They do need more production from 3rd base though.

        • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

          even with regression in his bat (unlikely in texas though), his defense is going to make him a valuable guy for at least 4 years. the angels could have easily afforded it and he would have made a big difference

          if they come up with a great solution at 3B going forward, it’ll look a lot better. if they don’t, it was a mistake

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            Angels -Wells + Beltre >>> Texas -Napoli

          • Mario Saavedra 4 years ago

            Texas – Napoli – Beltre

          • bjsguess 4 years ago

            I like Beltre but am not sold on his value with a long-term contract. I was fine with the $70-75m offer the Angels submitted. Anything more than that was just too much risk for me.

          • Looking at his road stats in 2011, I think even $70-75m was a little steep. With the Angels, his numbers are probably nowhere near his numbers with the Rangers.

      • richardChen 4 years ago

        >the production was horrible out of 3rd base spot
        Is there a way to check that? I was against Callaspo at the beginning of the year, but my gut says he and Izturis combined were slightly above average.

        • bjsguess 4 years ago

          Izturis provided roughly 1 WAR in very limited time at 3rd. Callaspo clocked in at 3.6 WAR. Combined the Angels got roughly 4.5 WAR out of 3rd base. Beltre was at 5.7 WAR.

          The Angels spent $5m between Izturis and Callaspo. The team is under no long-term commitments for either player.

          The Rangers spent $14m on Beltre. They are on the hook for another 4 or possibly 5 years.

          While that extra win would have been nice, at least according to WAR, the Angels made the better decision by avoiding Beltre.

          • I would add check Beltre’s numbers at Anaheim, they’re pretty bad.

    • Robert Brack 4 years ago

      all of your points ring true with the exception of one.  Beltre would have helped the Angels win the division.  His preference was Anaheim and we decided we couldn’t do that but we could waste Napoli and 20 million a year on Vernon “The Disater Wells”.  In not getting Beltre, the dominos all fell against the Angles.  57 homeruns between Napoli and Beltre and I think close to 180 RBIS.  Pretty bad move on Wells and not singing Beltre.  It affected the Angels in multiple ways.  Its like getting less for the money not more!

      • Beltre likely puts up the same numbers with the Angels as Wells would. Don’t forget about the Rangers home ballpark. Napoli didn’t have a role on the Angels at the time he was traded, and apparently there were issues between him and Scioscia. Even with those additions it took the Rangers until the final 2 weeks of the season to pull away. They got red hot at the end, so that 96-66 record isn’t a season long stretch of winning consistently because the Rangers have some great ballclub. The Angels scored more runs than the Rangers did on the road. A LOT of the Rangers success has to do with their ballpark, and their pitching on the road.

    • coachBB 4 years ago

      What a great post! You summed it up well. I agree with all you have said…especially the things he didn’t do…which were good. Tony and I were interns together with the Halos way back when. Nobody has dedicated himself to the organization (except for Tim Mead…he’s an icon) more than Tony Reagins. He wants the Angels to win more than anyone. People forget he has worked his way up in the organization since 1991. He deserved the shot…and he did some great things. The Angels will be lucky to keep him in the organization. I’m sure another GM position will be his if he wants it at some point. Tony is one of the “good guys” in baseball.  Unfortunately, when the team fails to make the play-offs and expectations are high (based on past results), someone takes the fall. I’m hoping it was his decision. I’m sure it was mutual. Hopefully, it’s what’s best for him and the team.

    • Robert Gaito 4 years ago

      Beltre was incredible for the Rangers even at that price, not even considering the lack of production the Angels got from 3rd base.

  9. Commander_Nate 4 years ago

    Free at last, free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are FREE AT LAST!!!

  10. MBG Chat 4 years ago


  11. Blue387 4 years ago

    Who might be his replacement?

    • bjsguess 4 years ago

      Some very interesting potential names out there. 

      I would be doing all that I can to wrest away Beane from Oakland. Give the man $130m payroll and see the magic he would create. Also, hurting the A’s at the same time would be sweet.

      There are a lot of pretty qualified folks out there. Hopefully, the team does some drastic and bold. We need a new direction and it should be from someone outside the organization.

      • cookmeister 4 years ago

        I would personally love the Rays GM (Friedman) but highly unlikely that it happens. 

        • Commander_Nate 4 years ago

          What about the Rays’ assistant GM? Or Kevin Towers?

          • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

            Why would Towers want to leave Arizona?

          • Commander_Nate 4 years ago

            Good point. Nicer weather, maybe?

          • cookmeister 4 years ago

            better weather than SoCal? no way..

  12. MBG Chat 4 years ago

    Nothing personal against Reagins, but ADIOS, FAREWELL, GOOD RIDDANCE, SEE YA, BYEEEEEEE!!!!!


  14. nah, nah, nah, nah
    nah, nah, nah, nah

  15. sports33 4 years ago

    -Alex Anthopolous

  16. drjayphd 4 years ago

    Just opened the door for TheoElDio, if you ask me. It’d be even better if his successor in Boston can convince Epstein that he knows someone who’d look PERFECT in the Angels rotation (spoiler: his name rhymes with Brawn Hacky).

    Besides, are the Angels REALLY going to play all those outfielders? I mean, it would be the least Boston could do, taking Trout and Bourjos off their hands…

  17. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    congrats, angels fans!

  18. bonestock94 4 years ago

    Too late, the Vernon Wells damage is done.

  19. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    This is a sad day for baseball comedy :(

    I already miss Tony Reagins jokes

    • sports33 4 years ago

      I like to think the Reagins jokes will live on.

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

         That’s what they said about Minaya jokes and you never hear those anymore

        • sports33 4 years ago

          True. A sad day for MLBTR boards indeed.

        • melonis_rex 4 years ago

          Another GM will do something lulzy and then you’ll start hearing those jokes. 

          Remember- Reagins jokes didn’t really start until the Vernon Wells trade. 

  20. Angels fans you guys had a great GM so it will be very yough to replace Reagin

  21. sports33 4 years ago

    I guess the Jays will take Wells back. They’d need Trout too, though.

  22. BobOfArslan 4 years ago

    But no matter. Today is the first day of the Angels 2012 winning season because of it.

  23. Angels should also get rid of Mikey Hatcher Get a real hitting instructor!

    • CAD_Monkey 4 years ago

      Eugenio Velez probably isn’t coming back to the Dodgers, so he’s available.

  24. Tony Reagins = the best GM the Texas Rangers ever had! 

    • Seriously…I just turned on my computer and when I saw this headline pop up, I nearly jumped through the roof! Reagins was more right than he knew when he said the Angels were going to be aggressive and “creative” this offseason! 

  25. Gumby65 4 years ago

    And Wally George thought the Reagins Revolution was a good thing

  26. All the comedy aside, really the move that got him fired was the trade for wells, its amazing what AA did.

  27. Well this should be a intresting offseason…

  28. Wow I am stunned !

  29. Now if Wells could only OPT OUT….

  30. Philosopher_King 4 years ago

    Now that Reagins is gone, I’d like to see the Angels give someone like Kim Ng a shot at the GM chair. I imagine she’d jump at the chance to finally have a shot at being a GM. Does anyone know if the Angels have to ask the commissioner’s office for permission to interview her since she works for them right now?

    • Matt Moore 4 years ago

      Kim Ng is a woman? I thought that would be a guy lol. I already know im a a-hole so im just gonna say it: baseball is a mans sport.

  31. Tony Reagins threads are always my favorite. I was so excited to read this. But i have to say, it was a tiny bit of a let down :[

  32. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    “D@mn it I wasn’t done!!!!!” 


  33. FamousGrouse 4 years ago

    Vernon Wells is going to be a fantasy baseball bargain next year.

  34. disgustipated85 4 years ago

    Whoever the new gm is, i just hope they dont go after jose reyes.  Thats Alfonso Soriano 2.0

    Also, only offer Aramis Ramirez 2 years.  3 max. anything more is bad news.

  35. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    “He DIDN’T help the Blue Jays”

    stopped reading

  36. sports33 4 years ago

    “Get up to Wells’ stats”
    You mean like the .218 BA and the .248 OBP? In case you don’t know, that means that more than three out of every four times VW went up to bat, he got out. I love Wells and think he was great for Toronto, but he should go to the bench immediately.

  37. Casor_Greener 4 years ago

    Dude on these boards Antho is God.  Even though his team isn’t very good and all he did was clear cap space.  People still seem to think he is some great GM

  38. crashcameron 4 years ago

    notsureif just landed “like of the year” !

  39. vilifyingforce 4 years ago

    You say that as though dumping 80 million without taking much back is something that can be easily accomplished. And he isn’t God, but, he’s made some superhuman moves.

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