Tag:Jerry DiPoto
Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:55 pm

Dipoto responds to fan trade request by letter

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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Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:11 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2011 5:03 pm

Angels send C Mathis to Jays for LHP Mills

Jeff MathisBy C. Trent Rosecrans

After acquiring Chris Iannetta earlier this week, the Angels have traded catcher Jeff Mathis to the Blue Jays in return for left-hander Brad Mills.

Brad MillsMills, 26, started four games for the Blue Jays last season and appeared in relief in one more game, going 1-2 with a 9.82 ERA with 18 strikeouts and 12 walks in 18 1/3 innings. In 14 career games and nine starts, he's 2-3 with an 8.57 ERA. He was 11-9 with a 4.00 ERA in 24 starts at Triple-A, striking out 136 batters in 157 1/3 innings. 

Mathis, 28, hit .174/.225/.259 with three homers in 93 games for the Angels last season and is a career .194/.225/.259. He was expendable after the acquisition of Iannetta, who will team with Hank Conger as the Angels' catching tandem.

Mathis was a favorite of manager Mike Scioscia, who kept him in the lineup despite his horrendous numbers at the plate. The move could show a weakening of Scioscia's influence over roster moves under new general manager Jerry DiPoto. The Angels chose Mathis over Mike Napoli last offseason and we all saw how that worked out for the Angels and (ultimately) the Rangers.

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Posted on: November 12, 2011 9:11 am

Angels won't join bidding for Fielder, Pujols

Jerry DipotoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

While owner Arte Moreno's deep pockets and the rich California market make the Angels a perceived potential landing spot for any high-priced free agent, new Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Friday that he probably wouldn't pursue either of the two biggest names on the free agent market, Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols.

"You have to be open to the possibility, but it's not something we're going to aggressively pursue," Dipoto told reporters, including the Los Angeles Times. "I don't think you're going to get a financial bargain swimming in that pool."

That pool is already $120 million deep for 2012, including the sucking vortex that is $48 million for Vernon Wells, Torii Hunter and Bobby Abreu. Moreno has reportedly capped the team's spending for 2012 at $140 million.

"Right now, it creates confinement, but it doesn't necessarily have to say that way," Dipoto said. "That's where you can be creative in building a 25-man roster, by not including all 25 guys who are on it today."

Dipoto did acknowledge the team had contracted the agents for top free agent starter C.J. Wilson

However, Dipoto said he'd prefer to explore the trade market than sign free agents.

"A complete overhaul isn't necessary," Dipoto said. "There are tweaks to make, holes to fill. We'll exhaust all possibilities."

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Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:23 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2011 5:04 pm

Angels tab Jerry Dipoto as new GM


By Evan Brunell

The Angels introduced Jerry Dipoto on Saturday as their new general manager, signing him to a three-year deal with two option years. The 43-year-old will be a full-time GM for the first time.

He's coming off a successful 2011 season in which he was senior vice president of scouting and player development for the Diamondbacks. Dipoto, widely regarded around the game, had been the interim GM for most of 2010 Arizona season, and was a strong candidate for the Orioles GM job as well. Owner Arte Moreno said Saturday that he will give the Angels fresh ideas, something the team desperately needs.

Dipoto altered the future of Arizona significantly when he traded Dan Haren last season. He traded Haren to the Angels for pitcher Joe Saunders, Rafael Rodriguez, Patrick Corbin and Tyler Skaggs. The inclusion of Saunders, a lefty best suited to the back of the rotation, was head-scratching and the fact Dipoto felt his win-loss record reflected his abilities as a pitcher was maddening. Saunders went 3-7 the rest of the way in 2010 despite a lower ERA for Arizona (4.25) than with Los Angeles (4.62). This season Saunders bounced back with a 3.69 ERA, but isn't expected to return to Arizona, as incumbent GM Kevin Towers feels he will be overpriced.

Dipoto was a former reliever with the Indians, Mets and Rockies before he joined the Red Sox in 2003. He followed Josh Byrnes to Arizona after a brief sojourn in Colorado. When Byrnes was fired early on in 2010, Dipoto took over until Towers was hired.

Dipoto also made another trade during his time as interim GM, masterfully outwitting White Sox GM Kenny Williams in agreeing to trade starter Edwin Jackson -- ineffective, with a pricey contract -- for fellow starter Dan Hudson. Hudson broke out as one of the game's better (and cheapest) starters this year. 

Dipoto will have a tough job on his hands in Los Angeles. The team has an up-and-coming list of players headed by Michael Trout, but is crippled financially. The Angels have one more year left of Torii Hunter at $18 million and Bobby Abreu at $9 million. And don't forget the $24 million owed Vernon Wells next season and the $74 million over the next three seasons. 

That's an awful outfield for Dipoto to navigate through, and one of his first tasks will be how to give these players a chance to succeed (or be traded) while keeping room open for Trout and fellow young outfielder Peter Bourjos. Dipoto will benefit from having Kendrys Morales back, who should be ready to return after being knocked out in May 2010 with injury. But that will only create more of a logjam as Mark Trumbo has earned more playing time after bashing 29 homers as a rookie.

Once the Angels can get through 2012 its payroll flexibility will open wide up -- just in time for what could be a historic free agent class -- and there will be a bumper crop of prospects for Dipoto to work with. Given his background in scouting and player development, he figures to put an emphasis on developing Los Angeles' farm system. The Diamondbacks, under DiPoto, bore fruit early on but entered a stagnant period that is only just improving.

It's unclear just how much power he will have in L.A., as owner Arte Moreno is very hands on and manager Mike Scioscia wields a ton of power. How Dipoto can integrate himself into the Angels will go a long way in determining whether the Angels' recent fallow run is a reloading or a rebuilding.

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Posted on: October 28, 2011 11:44 am
Edited on: October 28, 2011 11:51 am

Report: Dipoto to be named Angels' GM

Jerry DipotoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Angels are expected to name Jerry Dipoto their general manager, Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports.

Dipoto, 43, is the Diamondbacks' senior vice president of scouting and player development and has also served as Arizona's interim general manager.

A former reliever with the Indians, Mets and Rockies, he began his scouting career with the Red Sox in 2003 and was named the Rockies' player personnel director in 2005 before joining Josh Byrnes in Arizona.

Serving as the Diamondbacks' interim general manager last year, he sent Dan Haren to Los Angeles for four pitchers, including Joe Saunders and prospect Tyler Skaggs. He also sent Edwin Jackson to the White Sox for Daniel Hudson and a minor leaguer.

Dipoto was also interviewed for the Orioles' vacant GM position.

Tony Reagins resigned as the Angels' GM after the season ended. He had served as the team's GM since 2007.

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Posted on: October 22, 2011 8:01 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2011 9:25 pm

Omar Minaya has interviewed for Angels' GM post

Omar MinayaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Wait, didn't the Angels just get of a general manager who loaded up the team with bad contracts and underachieving players? Maybe Arte Moreno has a type, because the Los Angeles Times reports former Mets general manager Omar Minaya has interviewed for the Angels' open general manager position.

The Angels' are apparently interviewing everyone short of me for the position, so this may end up being nothing more than a good laugh for Mets fans, but still it seems interesting.

The others who have reportedly interviewed or gotten an interview are White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, MLB senior vice president Kim Ng, Diamondbacks exec Jerry DiPoto and Yankees staffers Billy Eppler and Damon Oppenheimer. Rays general manager Andrew Friedman has also been connected to the job.

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 3:40 pm

Gibson to be retained by D-Backs

Kirk Gibson The Diamondbacks are expected to announce they are retaining interim manager Kirk Gibson on Monday, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert tweets .

Gibson took over the team on July 1 and led the team to a 34-65 record entering today's final game of the season. He was also at the helm for the team's only winning month of the season, a 16-13 August.

Gibson will be the Diamondbacks' third manager in less than two years, as A.J. Hinch replaced Bob Melvin in May of 2009 and then Gibson replaced Hinch this July.

Gibson had served as the Diamondbacks' bench coach since 2007 before he was named interim manager.

Towers announced the announcement on Sunday, and said it would be in reference to Gibson and the coaching staff.

Gilbert also tweets that an announcement on the status with former interim general manager Jerry Dipoto will be made Monday, but expects him to stay with the team.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 3:53 pm

'Zona on verge of keeping DiPoto

The Diamondbacks are close to an agreement to retain ex-interim general manager Jerry DiPoto, who replaced Josh Byrnes and then was booted for Kevin Towers.

Although DiPoto considered leaving the organization, both Arizona and Kevin Towers apparently successfully wooed DiPoto to stay, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal . DiPoto will be responsible for overseeing both the scouting and player development departments.

This may take DiPoto out of the running for the Mets' GM job, but it's unlikely that the Diamondbacks would refuse any team's inquiries to interview DiPoto for a job. And if DiPoto knows what he's doing, he will have ensured that Arizona can't decline a chance for him to helm up a team.

-- Evan Brunell

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