Angels Name Jerry Dipoto GM

2:51pm: Dipoto's deal is for three guaranteed years followed by two option years, clarifies Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times on Twitter.

SATURDAY, 9:45am: The team announced that Dipoto received a five-year contract to be GM in a press release. His introductory press conference will be held at noon PT today.

FRIDAY, 10:34am: The Angels' exhaustive search for a new general manager is over. They will name Jerry Dipoto of the Diamondbacks their next GM, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter).

The 43-year-old was the top name on MLBTR's list of GM candidates. He emerged as one of the game's top executives after a successful stint as Arizona's interim GM, but he told Tim Dierkes in August that he's always looking for more knowledge.

"The day I feel like I've stopped learning about baseball is the day I should go home," he said. "Every single day you're going to learn something new and start to adjust your lines of thinking.  It's an ongoing education.  Every person I meet in the game, my first instinct is to learn something from them.  My mentor is the game."

Dipoto, a former Major League reliever, was Arizona's senior VP of scouting and player development before landing the Angels job. After an eight-year playing career that included stints with the Indians, Mets and Rockies, Dipoto joined Colorado's front office. Later, he worked in Boston's front office and was with the Red Sox for their 2004 title, before returning to the Rockies and then leaving for Arizona.

The Angels are far from the only team affected by the move. Rays executive Andrew Friedman — apparently owner Arte Moreno's top choice — won't be going to Anaheim. The Orioles, who had interviewed Dipoto for their GM opening, lost their chance to hire Dipoto. Meanwhile, Tony LaCava of the Blue Jays, De Jon Watson of the Dodgers and John Stockstill of the Orioles have improved chances of becoming Baltimore's GM.

The Angels also considered Thad Levine of the Rangers, Damon Oppenheimer and Billy Eppler of the Yankees, former GMs Dan Evans and Omar Minaya,  Kim Ng of MLB and Rick Hahn of the White Sox. The Angels won't announce the move before Saturday, since MLB prohibits major announcements during the World Series.

MLBTR's Transaction Tracker offers a look back at the moves Dipoto made while running the Diamondbacks last summer. He acquired Daniel Hudson from the White Sox and obtained Joe Saunders and prospects Tyler Skaggs and Patrick Corbin from the Angels.

114 Responses to Angels Name Jerry Dipoto GM Leave a Reply

  1. YES!  No Minaya!

    • captainjeter 4 years ago

      yes no epplier or   oppenhemier. Yeah  we  get to keep  them

  2. Oh No! What will the Orioles do?

    Oh I know, they are going to interview John Stockstill today.

    That will help ease the pain!

    • Rumors say that Blue Jays Asst. GM Tony LaCava is the frontrunner for the O’s job.

      EDIT: and there is a post on him as I say that. Derp.

  3. “The Angels won’t announce the move before Saturday, since MLB prohibits major announcements during the World Series.”
    Then how come the Cubs could announce their GM and president?

    • That was before the World Series.

    • Christopher Soto 4 years ago

      They received permission from Selig to do it on the Worlds Series Off-Day

    • The Cubs were allowed to announce Theo Epstein because it was on an off day. MLB doesn’t prohibit announcements period, simply on game days. 

      • sallen22 4 years ago

        Plus it’s Epstein and the Cubs.  Selig would never stand in the way of getting a couple of East Coast headline-makers coming together to form a relationship full of compensatory drama.  

  4. bjsguess 4 years ago

    A collective sigh of relief was just heard from all Angel fans around the world.

    Thank goodness Minaya wasn’t chosen.

  5. NathanielS 4 years ago

    Omar not comin….!

  6. Selig WOULD approve a Cubs announcement during the World Series.

    • Scott Kelley 4 years ago

      As he should. It may be the only opportunity ever for a whole generation of Cubs fans to hear their team mentioned during the World Series.

  7. and then he trades Dan Haren for Joe Saunders again.

    • Clearly Dipoto has been on the Angels payroll for years now. Haren-Saunders was an inside job!

      • Ta-Kuan Fuan 4 years ago

        This would hold more weight if Skaggs isn’t arguably the best lefty in the minor leagues right now.

      • Gator4444 4 years ago

        Depsite the fact that Arizona won that trade.

      • Salmon4Coach 4 years ago

        Agree with Ta-kaun..If Skaggs wasn’t named the best prospect then maybe it would be an inside job but with skaggs i say it was just a matter of Business…

    • bjsguess 4 years ago

      I would love to have Skaggs back. As a 19 YO in A+ and AA he put up:

      2.96 ERA / 1.10 WHIP / 11.3 K9

      The guy is going to be a stud. I was super stoked when the deal went down because Haren is just so good. However, losing Skaggs hurt really bad.

      • Pete 4 years ago

        You’d rather have a minor leaguer instead of DAN FREAKING HAREN? 

        You need to step away and reassess things. Haren’s an animal, one of the top 10 pitchers in baseball, and the package the Dbax got for him pales in comparison to the one they traded him for. AZ got hosed on that deal, badly.

        • not_brooks 4 years ago

          How does “I would love to have Skaggs back” translate to “I would rather have Skaggs instead of Dan Haren”?

    • That trade looks really good for both parties at this point.

      In two years, the Snakes will have Skaggs and Corbin in their rotation, Saunders has been workmanlike in the interim, and Arizona got salary flexibility to improve its club.

      Arizona made it to the playoffs this year where Anaheim didn’t. Nobody thought that was going to happen. I think that’s testament enough that the trade didn’t hurt them a bit.

      • Pete 4 years ago

        Except you cannot predict the future and as of now, Haren is an incredibly good pitcher. No, Skaggs & Corbin probably won’t be in the rotation in 2 years and Saunders is awful. LAA was in the pennant race in September, and if they kept Napoli and played him everyday they’d definitely had fared better.

  8. tbell11 4 years ago

    Great! The wait is over, now get down to business Dipoto.

  9. Guest 4 years ago

    Good for them. A few good things I take from this 1) Angels have a more open minded GM. 2) The Yankee’s can now proceed with their offseason and fully involve Epler and Oppenheimer 3) They didn’t hire Omar Minaya. Maybe that should be #1. 

  10. Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

    I think this guy’s going to be a good GM. Great hire by the Angels.

    • kdub53 4 years ago

      nice post man..
      i think and hope so too…
      nice to see a simple positive post for once…
      i have wrote on here in forever because of all these little trollers :)

  11. Remington 4 years ago

    this guy is a very good GM. If anyone has the balls to bring Prince Fielder to the Angels, it is him. This guy isnt afraid to upgrade the team.

    • tbell11 4 years ago

      The Angels don’t need a 1B because Kendrys Morales is coming back and Mark Trumbo was the rookie of the year.

      • Nope, sorry Morales isnt coming back and if Trumbo is our only hope for Power… The Angels are in a world of hurt. Trumbo sucks at defense too

        • tbell11 4 years ago

          How is Morales not coming back! If ur right then I there might be a possibility Fielder will come to the Angels but I wouldn’t count on it. I’d rather have the Angels trade for David Wright and have Trumbo at 1st. Imagine the lineup next year:

          1. Bourjos- CF
          2. Kendrick- 2B
          3. Wright- 3B
          4. Trumbo- 1B
          5. Hunter- RF
          6. Wells- DH
          7. Aybar- SS
          8. Trout- LF
          9. Conger- C

          I think the Angels trade Abreu for pitching.

          • Morales isnt coming back because he damaged a major flexor in his foot, which would prevent him from running full speed and cutting the corners (base running). Arte needs to pony up and get this team a star. Not a star 10 years ago, but a star now!

            That lineup couldnt hold a candle to Texas’ maybe this could..


          • Shu13 4 years ago

            I disagree….I think you hold too much value in your name sake….I think he won’t
             live up to expectations and will cost young talent we currently shouldn’t deal away to get him….a better option is A-Ram…if they are going to take a hit defensively(Callaspo>A-Ram> Wright) then why not get better power too?  He also can be acquired w/o depleting the farm…

            I would like to see a vet C (w/ some offense) to play along side Conger that isn’t named Mathis or Wilson

          • Yes, a better option is a old washed up player like Ramirez. You can’t market Ramirez but you could make a lot of money with a guy like PRINCE FIELDER!  I don’t understand Angel fans sometimes

          • NathanielS 4 years ago

            Are you Prince Fielder? You beat that drum incessantly.

          • Yes, I am Prince Fielder.

          • mikagami 4 years ago

            Why spend 20 million + dollars on a guy who’s going to put up slightly
            better numbers (HR and RBI) than Trumbo? Realistically speaking he’s
            only going to put up, say, 5-10 more HR and 15-20 RBI’s than Trumbo. It’s better to stay with the cheaper Trumbo and look at another position like 3B where only 11 HR were hit between Izturis and Callaspo and use the money saved on a SP

          • OMG is this really that hard.. Trumbo or Fielder… Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.. Fielder

          • Shu13 4 years ago

            Is this that hard….
            Trumbo $400k younger and in shape
            Prince $20m older and fat and a borASS client

            very close to SAME PRODUCTION for LESS $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

          • FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

            “very close to SAME PRODUCTION”


          • Shu13 4 years ago

            In relation to the amount each player earned or will earn yes….their $$$$ is soo much farther apart then their production….

          • Ta-Kuan Fuan 4 years ago

            You get Prince Fielder and let Trumbo DH most of the year. Then in 2013 once Abreu and Hunter’s contracts are up, you move Trumbo into the OF. A Trout-Bourjos-Trumbo OF will be extremely young and productive.

          • 10-15hr more than Trumbo a WAY higher AVG, OBP and SLG than Trumbo. Thats why you pay Fielder

          • bjsguess 4 years ago

            For what it’s worth strip away the effects of the home park where Fielder clearly benefits …

            Fielder (away from the cozy confines of Miller Park):
            351 PAs / 272 AVG / 17 DBLs / 14 HRs / 476 SLG

            Trumbo (away from the Big A):
            292 PAs / 247 AVG / 17 DBLs / 15 HRs / 483 SLG

            Trumbo had better numbers considering the fewer PA’s. Fielder is still the superior hitter with his walking ability but are the few extra BB’s worth $22m/year (over 7 to 8 years) + our 1st round pick + taking Trumbo out of the lineup? 

            Fielder is a great slugger. On the right deal (one that is 5 years or less) I can see pulling the trigger. However, Trumbo is a legit power hitter. One that we shouldn’t simply discard because he doesn’t have name recognition. 

          • Nick Sossamon 4 years ago

            “Fielder had a few extra walks”.  A “few” extra walks is probably the understatement of the century.  Trumbo had a .291 OBP this season, Fielder’s was .400+.  He had 82 more walks than Trumbo this year.  And you say that difference isn’t worth substantially more money?  Not to mention a career .930+ OPS (Trumbo’s was .768 even with 30 bombs, which is pretty sad).  And a career .282 BA. 

            Comparing Fielder to Trumbo offensively is a delusion of grandeur at this point.  HR’s and RBI’s are not the end all be all indicators of great hitting, I’m sorry to say.  It’s about being an offensive presence and powerhouse in your lineup that makes the other hitters better by hitting around you.  It isn’t “star power” or other absurdities being argued here.  Good pitchers don’t fear going up against Trumbo.  Other players in the lineup aren’t protected by Trumbo.

            I can’t believe people are saying to just sign more pitching this offseason.  We finished 10+ games out again despite having one the best rotations in the AL.  Our offense is ANEMIC, this is not the NL.  Great pitching can only get you so far.  We shouldn’t have to expect the bullpen to go 3+ innings with a 1-run lead every game, yet people will blame the bullpen anyways.

          • Shu13 4 years ago

            Why does Rameriz have to be marketed? He would be picked up for production….and by adding power to 3b that has been begged for for years by fans would be a good thing….IF Prince is signed there would still be the ” what about the hole at 3B”?

            At no time I have I ever claimed A-Ram was more marketable then Prince….its about overall production ON the field….when you take away what Trumbo did then replace w/ what Prince would give the margin is less then leaving Trumbo and replacing Callaspo w/ A-Ram….

            simplified for you
            Trumbo accounted for 29hr/87rbi/65runs
            Prince accounted for 38hr/120rbi/97runs(Trumbo didnt’ have the players to knock in or to knock him in that Prince had…..)

            A-Ram accounted for 26hr/93rbi/80runs
            Callaspo accounted for 6hrs/46rbi/54runs

            Prince/Callaspo 44hr/166rbi/151runs
            Trumbo/A-Ram 55hrs/180rbi/135runs w/ lower combined cost

            I’m not sold on a LONG and EXPENSIVE deal for a borASS client who weighs 500#’s already

            By replacing Callaspo w/ 2-3 yrs of A-Ram is better production for the $$ then over paying for Prince…which is what it will take to get him IMO…and still having a hole at 3B…

            and YES I am aware that in his rookie year Trumbo had a sub par OBP but w/ better discipline and pitch selection that will get better….

          • The Angels need a star.. PERIOD!  Arte is a business man, correct?

          • NathanielS 4 years ago

            The businessman in him knows that massive contracts work out hardly ever.

          • Shu13 4 years ago

            So we get your Prince “Star”… the team that much better from a production stand point based on how much that “Star” is costing? the answer is NO…I’m not in any way saying don’t make a play for him…..JUST don’t get into a bidding war and OVER pay fro him which is what I think will happen….I think the offer they gave Teix was TOO MUCH…once they have that “Star” they still have a hole at 3b that can’t be plugged by Trumbo…he even admits he SUCKS at 3B as well as Scioscia saying “Man he sucked at 3B”

            Arte is a business man and he KNOWS that a player like Prince can bring in revenue but not as much as if he spends less to fill other holes and put an even better team on the field….winning is $$$ in the bank…the team has a better chance at winning for less team salary w/ A-Ram at 3b and Trumbo at 1st then w/ Prince at 1st and Callaspo at 3rd….

            AND how the F did you spin my initial comment about wanting A-Ram over Wright into A-Ram is less marketable then Fielder….I never said a word about Prince in my 1st disagreement to YOUR line up…

          • bjsguess 4 years ago

            A star. Great. That mentality is what got us in this mess to begin with.

            Go back and read the press about the Wells deal. I barfed every time they would talk about Wells’ All-Star appearances and Gold Gloves. WHO CARES. What a player did in the past is only relevant for offering some insight into what he will do in the future. That’s it.

            Angels fans want a GREAT TEAM. You don’t build a team based off name recognition. You build it off talent. And that talent has to stay within a budget. Fielder is a big name and great hitter. However, he comes with major baggage. And he’ll cost you $20-$25m over 7-8 years. More importantly, he won’t single handedly turn the team around. Yet he will consume all of your spending.

            Wright isn’t the answer either. Save your money and stick with Callaspo and Izturis. They offer much better value for the investment. 

          • kdub53 4 years ago

            hey dbag
            26 homers and a .306 batting average…(ramirez)
            i would have loved that coming from the 3rd base position this year…
            fielder isnt an option
            i wouldnt want that fat jerk anyways…

          • tbell11 4 years ago

            The Angels wont be able to afford Wight and Fielder. I’d rather have Wright at 3rd, Trumbo at 1st, Wells as the DH, and Trout in LF.

          • David Wright is overrated and aging, not to mention would only have 1 year on his contract left if traded (his 2013 option would become voidable), and Abreu would fetch a mediocre bullpen arm or marginal fifth starter at best. It would be just shy of a bad contract swap.

        • Shu13 4 years ago

          I think its funny how soo many KNOW if he is or is not coming back….. The Angels have said that they took the approach last off season that he was coming back healthy and that was a mistake to assume…they claim that this off season they are going to approach the roster as he won’t be back and if he does come back it will be a bonus that they will address it at that time….SINCE they have Trumbo to play 1st(yes there are upgrades available) it makes 1B less of a priority…3B is much more needed….the thought/comments of “just having Trumbo play 3rd” is a joke…he admitted that he sucked at 3rd and Scioscia said the same thing but they were willing to give it another shot since he has grown as a player….the problem there is the stress fracture he suffered in his foot the last week of the season has kept him from much needed off season playing time(practice) at 3rd so far…I see the Trumbo 3B experiment being scrapped this off season….(I also wasn’t hot on that plan anyway)

        • bjsguess 4 years ago

          Trumbo sucks at defense?

          The guy posted a 5.7 UZR this year at 1B. That’s a heck of a lot better than some other big name glove guys at 1B. That also matches up with TZL and scouting reports that raved about his improved defense. Trumbo is anything but a “sucky” defender.

          For a first year player, hitting 29 bombs in Angel stadium in less than 600 PA’s is very respectable. And if you watched the Angels you would know the guy has crazy mad power. Not a lot of cheap shots. Trumbo is a top tier power hitter in baseball (of course he has issues with high K’s and no on base skills).

          Fielder is a great player now … however, the only way I would touch him is on a 5 year deal. I’d do a max of 5/$125 and call it good. If he wants 6 years or more I’ll let someone else snag him.

          With Fielder the Angels could then flip Trumbo or Morales (if healthy) and land something decent in return.

          That said, adding Prince Fielder should not be the clubs top priority. It’s a splashy name but it does not shore up one of the team’s glaring weaknesses.

          • I agree 100%… while having Fielder would be nice, I’d rather take that money and spend it on starting pitching, the bullpen, and a veteran catcher.  Not the splashiest moves, I know; but moves that could pay off big.  The Angels don’t need a “star”; they need depth.  

          • Our offense sucks and you want pitching LMFAO you must be part of the 99%

          • The Angels need a star player ARE YOU FREAKING JOKING! This is Orange County, dude. We want star players on out teams not washed up all stars and midgets

          • Shu13 4 years ago

            They need production from the C position and 3B more then a “Star”….yes Fielder is better then Trumbo BUT he IS NOT the answer to make this club better….a freaking star IS NOT needed and yes I’m from OC…..IF they can manage a trade for a quality 3B that will be a better option then Callaspo then fine but Wright IS NOT the guy I want….but the problem is there are NOT many quality 3B’s out there(available) so signing A-Ram would be best for the short term increase in production….Fielder will strap the team financially for YEARS to come…

          • 12DenoEbel12 4 years ago

            Most of the time the star doesn’t bring the World Series trophy

          • Pete 4 years ago

            UZR needs 3 seasons of data to be accurate. Trumbo has too small a sample scale so far. He isn’t good.

          • The teams weakness is offense and adding a 300/35/100 guy isnt the answer? Hmm

          • Shu13 4 years ago

            not when you take away what Trumbo’s production…and possibly Kendrys(what ever he’ll manage if he comes back….there is a LOG JAM of players on this team that need teh DH and adding a fat 1B to the mix isn’t right….replacing the C w/ you would probably be more production the what they had this year and adding a power 3B will be the best option since they only have weak hitting guys there now…

      •  last i checked mlb awards are not named til after the world series

        • Shu13 4 years ago

          He was probably referring to Trumbo being named Sporting News AL ROY…it’s not the “real” ROY award….just like soo many debated Hellickson winning the Baseball America ROY on this site….

      • Tbell11- So you’re suggesting we simply pass on arguably two of the most powerful 1st baseman of this generation because we have strikeout-proned, horrific OBP Mark Trumbo and the seemingly unable to heal Kendry Morales?


        Trumbo can be moved to 3rd base or converted into a DH if necessary, and even IF Morales comes back, 1) He’s represented by Boras, so his asking price would far exceed his actual value 2) He’s Cuban, for all we know he’s 35, not 30, and C) He has yet to prove he can perform at an MVP level season after season.

        • Commander_Nate 4 years ago

          He’s only like, 27 and we don’t have to worry about the Boras connection for 2 more years. But yes, we should try to get Fielder anyway.

      • 12DenoEbel12 4 years ago

        Since when has a guy come back from a one and a half year injury and been spectacular, we’d be lucky just to get some type of production, maybe, maybe 10 home runs, all though I would LOVE to be wrong about this.

    • As a diehard Angel fan, I hope you’re correct. Anaheim needs a star player

  12. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    congrats angels fans

    congrats rays fa…nvm

  13. Congrats to Jerry on getting this job.The Angels have great pieces and itwouldn’t surprise me to see them win the AL West next season

  14. disgustipated85 4 years ago

    yeah!!!!  No overrated New York executives!  No Omar Minaya!!!  And best of all, no Reagins!!

    • JohnnyC 4 years ago

      Omar Minaya was the director of pro scouting for the Mets when they traded for Jerry DiPoto in 1995. Probably Omar over-rated DiPoto then as well.

      • disgustipated85 4 years ago

        I wasnt saying Minaya was overrated.  He is just plain terrible.  Its the yankee executives that are overrated.  Things tend to get that way in New York.   Chamberlain, Hughes, Gardiner just to name a few.  Next up is Montero.  Im sure he’ll be a fine hitter, but i dont think he’ll be as good as the press and fans are making him out to be.

  15. Steve_in_MA 4 years ago

    Congrats to the Angels and to Jerry.  I definitely think Jerry was the very best candidate available for any of the GM positions that were available.  I wish the Sox had chosen him.

  16. cookmeister 4 years ago

    I think it’s odd that teams can’t officially announce things like this but can unofficially announce it during the world series.  Anyways, good hire by the Angels.  After Friedman he was the best option IMO, but i would have liked to see a Friedman/Ng combo as well.  Lets hope this guy makes some changes!

    • Shu13 4 years ago

      I was laughing at that….We can’t announce our new GM on a day the WS is played but we can announce we are holding a press conference the next day to announce our new GM signing….doesn’t really make sense…

  17. HolaAmigas 4 years ago

    Ahhh, I’m so happy that they’re going with Dipoto. I was fine with Dipoto or Oppenheimer either way. Thank goodness Minaya wasn’t chosen. I would have wept.

  18. pmc765 4 years ago

    The only real issue is whether Dipoto can stand up to Scioscia when the two disagree, which will inevitably occur. Scioscia’s long term contract and high status made him impossible for Dipoto’s incompetent predecessor to resist.

    The first time Scioscia demands that player x with a bad contract be acquired, or player y with a good contract be dumped, if Dipoto doesn’t agree he has to push back and refuse the imperial manager what he wants. Either that, or accept the fact that Scioscia, and not he, is the true GM.

    • Congratulations on subscribing to complete speculation, and, to be thoroughly honest, nonsense as well.

      Show me proof that Scioscia orchestrated the Vernon Wells trade, the Scott Kazmir trade, the Fernando Rodney signing, the Bobby Abreu extension, and THEN I’ll give you some props. Otherwise, get real.

      I’ll attribute Scioscia with getting rid of Mike Napoli, but that’s about it. 

      Just because a manager has a say in roster transactions doesn’t mean he’s the one wheeling and dealing.

  19. Hoosierdaddy92 4 years ago

    The Angels should try to get Youkilis and Prince Fielder for their 3-4 in their lineup.

    • Wha???????

    • Steve_in_MA 4 years ago

      Would you be willing to part with Ervin Santana to nail down Youk for 2 years on a team friendly deal?

      • No, and I can officially speak for Jerry on this matter.

        • Steve_in_MA 4 years ago

          Then I don’t think its realistic to be talking about acquiring him.  You’ve got to know that the Sox wouldn’t take anything less than a solid No. 2 or 3 starter for him.  He’s a perennial all-star, returning $25MM in value on a contract that pays him half that much.

      • Hoosierdaddy92 4 years ago

        I think Dipoto would be willing to part with Santana. Especially if he was able to find a deal trading Morales and Trumbo for a better pitcher. I wonder if the Rays would be interested in Morales and Trumbo and a top prospect for Shields? Morales has 2-3 years of control left and Trumbo has 5 so both will be affordable for the Rays and not rentals. They are both 30 homerun threats for an offense that really lacked power this year. Rays have a need at both 1b and DH and have excess pitching. Just food for thought

        • vtadave 4 years ago

          I can speak for teh Rays on that one and decline your offer. Rays would be better off bring Kotchman or Pena back and trading Shields for solid prospects than bringing in guys like Trumbo and Morales.

  20. The Hudson trade alone makes him a great baseball exec in my book.  I’d say he fleeced Chicago more in that one than when the Angels themselves got fleeced for Wells.

  21. sportsnut969 4 years ago

    Congrats to a great guy, I was a close friend to Jerry while he pitched for the Indians he has a great baseball mind. I’m so glad to see even though a injury cut a bright career short you were able to stay in the biz.

  22. Ta-Kuan Fuan 4 years ago

    It really doesn’t matter which position player we get as long as it’s quality. Everything else will tend to work itself out. If you sign Prince Fielder, then that allows Trumbo to DH (thus taking away AB’s from the aging Abreu and non-productive Wells) and in 2013, Trumbo could then take over Hunter in RF. An OF of Trout-Bourjos-Trumbo would be very young, productive and talented. If Morales proves he’s back and healthy, then that gives us a decent trade chip for possible bullpen help and/or mid-to-back end starter.

    People keep talking about 3B needing an upgrade as if Callaspo is a weak link. Look up the team statistics and see who led the Angels in avg and obp this past year. Oh, it’s Alberto Callaspo! He’s also extremely good defensively and was the only Angels player to walk more than strike out this year. Sure, he’s not going to hit 20+ hr’s for you, but he’ll do everything else that you want. That’s gotta count for something, no?

    • $7562574 4 years ago

      he is also capable of hitting  40 doubles as he had in ’09.

    • Pete 4 years ago

      He had a 3.6 WAR, if all 9 position players have a WAR over 3, your team is going to be very good. Its Trumbo who stinks and is the second coming of Mike Jacobs and who they need to get rid of. 

  23. Pete 4 years ago

    Simply put: DiPoto is not as good a GM as Minaya. I don’t know why Angels fans are excited about this. 

    • Evidence please?

    • $7562574 4 years ago

      minaya who? you must be kidding.

    • MetsMagic 4 years ago

      DiPoto is a better GM than Minaya. Reagins was a better GM than Minaya. The Phillie Phanatic would make a better GM than Omar. 

      • I would even suggest Lady Pha Pha would be a better than all the GM’s mentioned in this string! Pha Pha Power Forever!

    • vtadave 4 years ago

      Troll alert.

  24. JST1331 4 years ago

    This GM should be very effective, unless he pulls off another deal like the Wells trade.

  25. Devon Henry 4 years ago

    Ok Dipoto sign reyes and a closer then trade aybar, callaspo, and abreu for a starter or a solid 3B named D Wright or maybe Youk. Then resign Kendrick.

    • MetsMagic 4 years ago

      Yikes…neither Alderson nor Cherington would trade their star 3B for that bunch. 

    • vtadave 4 years ago

      That’s funny. You realize Abreu has negative value, right?

  26. Did Dipoto give a shout out to Dan Haren during the press conference?
    Hey Dipoto, I am glad that you didn’t come to Birdland (Orioles)! I am one of the few!
    However, you can still help us! So trade Haren to us! Although chances are small since Haren probable would want to stay on the west coast, but he it doesn’t hurt to ask!

  27. Gumby65 4 years ago

    DiPoto is the smartest GM ever.  He saw a need for starting pitching, jumped into the past and traded Dan Haren to himself.  Brilliant.

  28. Anthony Jones 4 years ago

    Angels simply need to let go of some romanticly connected parts. At this point, Callaspo, Izturis are front line trades that can get you something good. Take A-Ram.

    Sign an average catcher (the Taiwanese team clowned Mathis at the plate today). Any catcher who can hit. Please trade Trout now, he’s not as good as you think, but he’s super valuable. Trade Walden for 2 bullpen guys. His velocity is a smokescreen. He throws over the plate and he’s too hittable. Eat some of Abreu’s salary and get a DH from Tor or BAL .290 guys. Give a grizzly vet salary to Vlad Guerrero and play him more than you played Branyan. A big bat that hits doubles and singles, but hits alot could be a good x-factor for this team, esp in playoffs, esp against Texas. Wells will hit his groove as will Torii. Trumbo will be better.

    Finally, let the Angels be the Angels. Sign Harden. Why? Because you’re the Angels. Also JW is for real. You get a locked up 5. Raise the price of CJ by offering. Aybar is getting sickeningly better each year, hopefully Borjous does too. Kendrys comes back Angels win it by 10. 

    PS- funny the Angels hired a player development guy next in line to be a GM like they did last time and no one suspects affirmative action this time?? LOL….Poor TR needs to get out of there and get a fresh start.

  29. Uhm, when did the Diamondbacks almost release Saunders?  That’s an idiotic statement.

  30. JohnnyC 4 years ago

    Great fielder? You seriously have never seen Wright play, have you?

  31. diehardmets 4 years ago

    I seriously doubt (and I hope) that Alderson would have any interest in Aybar in  a Wright deal.

  32. vtadave 4 years ago

    He wouldn’t…unless that “package” came with a fish-type guy.

  33. vtadave 4 years ago

    You said he was a “great fielder”. He clearly is not.  Are you really using RBI and SB to determine who the better players are?

    3B I’d rather have:


    Maybe a couple others, but you get the point.

  34. vtadave 4 years ago

    A deal for Wright that is “centered” around Aybar isn’t going to cut it.

    Haren for prospects wouldn’t exactly be the way to make a good first impression.

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