Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim State Of The Union: Is It Time For Jerry DiPoto To Be Fired?
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As someone who follows the Angels from a distance, I have had it with Jerry DiPoto.
Whether it is the direction of the team’s brass that has been affected, or Arte Moreno himself, this team is heading on a one way ticket to salary hell.
So how does the GM respond this winter?
He trades his 2nd, 4th and possibly 5th best OF on the Roster Depth away – without yielding a OF back in return.
Am I missing something? Does he not see this is the recipe for disaster?
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Yes, the man hit for an .808 OPS in 195 AB during last year, but there have been lots of guys who have seen stretches like, to never been heard from ever again.
DiPoto singed 41 Year Old Ibanez to be the primary DH. Man that is a leap of faith. He really should have inked a player with OF/DH depth, that could play either position FULL – Time.
That way you could have rotated Pujols, Freese and Hamilton in and out of the DH spot, thus not needing Ibanez.
I actually agree that Mark Trumbo and Josh Hamilton could not co-exist in the same lineup, so trading him was a good maneuver.
The mistake was dealing Randal Gruchuck and Bourjos to the Cardinals (both OF). The team also coordinated the Trumbo deal – so they never received a OF back in return. What the hell are they thinking?
For the record, I like the team picking up Hector Santiago and re-acquiring Tyler Skaggs, because if it is anything this club needs, it is young controllable pitching – but at the expense of one of the best power hitting OF on the market is not the right price..
Dipoto splashed onto the scene as the GM 2 years ago (in Oct of 2011), signing C.J. Wilson and Albert Pujols in his 1st winter. I think that Wilson has been full value so far, and Pujols was a classic overpay to begin with.
I am not sure we can entirely fault DiPoto here, as it seemed this deal was always about Moreno bringing in Pujols to expand the franchise’s brand.
Does he not know there is a distinct hitting advantage at Coors Field – that bloats numbers for specific guys?
Last Year, he lost the bidding war for Zack Greinke (6 YRS/$147 MIL for the LAD) – because they went with Hamilton’s 5 YRs/$133 MIL – and also allocated the rest of the cash to washout Joe Blanton – 2 YRs/$15 MIL.
If they could have kept Greinke, it would have dampened the blow caused by the stellar rookie campaign – that traded Jean Segura provided for the Brewers.
Yet another example of trading futures away – and having nothing to show for it
Blanton has been below average for years, and the Angels GM brought him into the foray last season – only to fashion a 2 – 14 record in 2013, with a 6.14 ERA.
Boy it was tough to figure out how that was going to happen, since the man routinely has been sporting high 4 ERA’s in the NL for the last 6 years!
DiPoto also traded away reliever Jordan Walden last winter – for a trending down Starting Pitcher in Tommy Hanson. The guy was demoted to the Minors after a horrible half season. He has since been non-tendered.
The team, strapped for cash now in 2013, also non-tendered Jerome Williams, who had been a jack of all trades on the staff for the last couple of years.
Williams is a nice #5 Starting Pitcher in the Majors, sported a 19 – 18 record, with a 4.46 ERA, and would have only been due a few million in Arbitration as a 3rd year eligible. Instead he was let go.. Another bad decision.
Of course DiPoto also brought in RP Sean Burnett for a 2 YR/$8 MIL deal, when he knew the pitcher was recently recovering from bone spurs being removed from his elbow.
Burnett only managed to appear in just 9.2 IP before he was hurt for the year.
Then there was the club letting Torii Hunter leave the fold, only to thrive in Detroit. He way outperformed his replacement of Hamilton in 2013.
Green fanned 38 times in his 125 AB for the Angels, which makes him another prime strikeout candidate off of the bench. He unlike most of his teammates, does not have HR power to justify it (1 HR in 140 Career AB).
He was a decent change of pace as a contact guy, (47 SO in 453 AB) – compared to the others – and he was only to make $4.9 MIL this coming year.
While Freese is an upgrade at 3B over the now A’s player, it came at the cost of losing Bourjos. Not quite sitting well. The former Cardinals is only under team control for one more year, whereas Bourjos had 2 years left.
He began this years hotstove, by signing Joe Smith to a deal – which is not a bad move at all, But he still doesn’t guarantee the club of a bonafide Closer to nail games down.
This isn’t that much of a problem, as these guys are about the steadiest players on the franchise. Where the trouble entirely rests is the free-swinging ways of the ballclub.
Their team might strikeout 1200 times in 2014 – with numbers in 2013 like: Hamilton (158 SO), Pujols (55 SO in 91 GP), Trout (136 SO), Kendrick (89 SO in 478 AB), Aybar (he is not that bad – 59 SO in 550 AB) Freese (106 SO in 462 AB), Calhoun (41 SO in 195 AB), Ibanez (128 SO in 454 AB) and Iannetta (100 SO in 335 AB) all being whiff masters.
This is a gigantic problem.
The club is hovering around the Luxury Tax Threshold already, and they will likely not add much more to their roster.
If they would have just waited another season with trading away their OF depth, they could have seen a player in the Minor Leagues like C.J. Cron take more steps forward towards being a DH/1B on your team.
You definitely have to hope his progress is expedited, and if injuries to Pujols, Hamilton or Ibanez occur early enough, maybe the guy will get a chance even earlier.
If there are even a few injuries to the offense – this team is toast. They need a 2010 Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols for this team to take off.
On a bright note, the relievers they brought in can’t work out as bad as the last guys can they? Maybe the trades will be the same? If you are asking these questions, never means a good thing for your team’s brass.
One thing has to be a given If they finish below .500 again this year, (which is possible) – they must send DiPoto packing..
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Posted on December 20, 2013, in MLB Teams State Of the Unions, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged @MLBreports on twitter, AL West, albert pujols, alberto callaspo, arte moreno, c.j. cron, c.j. wilson, chicago white sox, chris iannetta, dane de la rosa, david freese, fernando salas, grant green, hector santiago, jerome williams, jerry dipoto, joe blanton, Joe Smith, jordan walden, mark trumbo, mike napoli, mike scioscia, peter bourjos, raul ibanez, ryan madson, sean burnett, tommy hanson, Torii Hunter, tyler chatwood, tyler skaggs, zack greinke. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.