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Dipoto responds to fan trade request by letter

Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:55 pm

By Matt Snyder

Considering the offseason the Angels just had, where they signed Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson within hours of one another, new general manager Jerry Dipoto has to be a fan favorite. And it just keeps getting better.

Have you ever thought about writing a letter to the GM of your favorite team with a trade suggestion? I'd guess through the years most of us die-hard baseball fans have. Well, a fan named Aaron recently wrote Dipoto and actually heard back -- in the form of a personally hand-written response from Dipoto.

Aaron's proposal was to trade Bobby Abreu and Alberto Callaspo to the Orioles for a pair of minor-leaguers who finished last season in High-A ball. My guess is Aaron's thinking it would be a salary dump that could also free a lineup spot for phenom Mike Trout (if Vernon Wells was moved to DH and Mark Trumbo worked out at third). It makes a great deal of sense for the Angels. 

Here was Dipoto's response, via the OC Register:

A quick note to thank you for your recent letter. I enjoyed reading your thoughts and the creative idea you shared. Clearly you have a solid knowledge of the league and potential “players” on the horizon. Unfortunately, trades are always very complex, as you alluded to in your letter. Salaries and finance tend to become an overriding factor.

Know that I do appreciate the suggestion and creativity you’ve shown.

All my best, Jerry Dipoto
That's awesome. Kudos to Dipoto for taking the time to respond to one of his fans. Now he should probably brace for a lot more ideas, since word of this has gotten out.

Hat-tip: Big League Stew

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Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:39 am

Dipoto responds to fan trade request by letter

The angels on paper clearly have more bodies than needs but Trumbo is not healing, Morales is a question mark until he proves otherwise, Wells, Abreu and Hunter are mirror images of eachother so which do you chose? You dont make the mistake of spending 300M and then removing pieces so you cant even field a team, so I think theyre going about it correctly and you will see changes made in spring closer to opening day. 

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:37 am

Dipoto responds to fan trade request by letter

Dipoto now hates CBS for the thousands of letters he is about to recieve where every fan now feels entitled to a personal response.

Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:39 pm

Dipoto responds to fan trade request by letter

I don't know if it's such a bad thing that the angle fans a pitching in with personnel decisions... He did just throw 400 million dollars at an aging superstar and the a 31 year old starter with a whopping 1 season of starting experience, he could use all the help he can get. then again when you've got enough money to make those deals 2 or 3 times over i guess you can afford to make those mistakes out...Then again again maybe I'm just a scorn cradinals's just too early to tell

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 2:41 pm

Dipoto responds to fan trade request by letter

Wells at DH? What about Morales?

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