Reports (reported first by Ken Rosenthal) indicate Diamondbacks senior VP and former (interim) general manager Jerry DiPoto is set to become the newest general manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Scioscialand.
DiPoto, a former Major League pitcher and head of Rockies scouting, gets the nod over rumored candidates such as Andrew Friedman (GM of the Rays) and Kim Ng (former AGM with Dodgers, known female). DiPoto won a World Series as a scout for 2004 Boston Red Sox.
DiPoto is best known to Angels fans as the man behind the Dan Haren trade, sending the perennial 5 fWAR shoe-in to LA in exchange for human punchline Joe Saunders and prospects Pat Corbin, Rafael Rodriguez and a player to be named later who turned into lefty Tyler Skaggs. Initially considered a world-class fleecing, the development of Corbin and Skaggs and the inning consumption of Saunders helped even out the deal.
The Angels job is an interesting one as the owner spends freely and there is no lack of young talent. Showing up on the job to realize Mike Trout, Peter Bourjos and Hank Conger are forcing their way onto the roster is not a bad problem to have. With Jered Weaver locked up long-term, there is a great core in place.
The problems..are legion. The Vernon Wells situation, the Bobby Abreu and Torii Hunter husks are not anything I’d wish on my worst enemy. Juggling the playing time and expectations of a wealthy owner and a fanbase accustomed to winning doesn’t offer very big window within which to build.
Which is to say nothing of the elephant in the room, the silent hand guiding the Angels decisions, Mike Scioscia. Can the now larger-than-life Scioscia expect to exert a similar amount of control over his team? Did he ever in the first place? DiPoto needs to make nice with a guy who gets equal time in the owner’s ear.
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