Congratulations, Angel fans. The Angels got one right. According to Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, the Angels are set to name Arizona Diamondbacks executive Jerry DiPoto as their brand new general manager:
This news makes me very, very happy. OK, so DiPoto isn't Andrew Friedman, but this is probabaly the next best hire the Angels could have made. DiPoto is a former player, spent half a season as the interim GM of the D'Backs, currently serves as their senior VP of scouting and player development and is known to be at least open to sabermetric ways of thinking. In other words, he has experience in just about every facet of the game and a track record that proves he knows what he is doing, making him one of the most qualified and arguably safest hires out there.
The big questions he'll have to answer now is what his plan to fix the Angels roster will be as well as how he will collaborate with Mike Scioscia. That first question we can only speculate on. What we do know is that he is not afraid to make bold moves, as he demonstrated when he traded Dan Haren to the Angels. As for the Scioscia question, that's something that will take time to work out, but I definitely think it helps that DiPoto played in the big leagues and isn't some Ivy League nerd. I have to think that will buy him instant credibility with Sosh.
Finally, if I can offer DiPoto one piece of advice if he wants to win fans over on his hire, then this should be the first statement he utters at his introductory press conference, "Hi, my name is Jerry DiPoto. I am proud to be the new Angels general manager and I am even more proud to announce that Jeff Mathis has been non-tendered."
Welcome to the Halos, Jerry. Please try to not suck.
It's official. Jerry DiPoto is the GM. Ah, the Electronic Age of baseball! I didn't get to the stadium but I picture the announcement to have been something like this, with Tony Reagins doing the intro on the big screen. It would make a great commercial!
"Today we celebrate the first glorious day of the Baseball Purification Directives."
[Angels bat-thrower enters, pursued by storm troopers.]
"We have created for the first time in all history a garden of pure ideology, where each player may bloom, secure from the pests of any contradictory true thoughts. Our Unification of Thoughts is more powerful a weapon than any lineup or rotation on earth. We are one team, with one will, one resolve, one cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death and we will bury them with their own confusion."
[Bat is thrown at the screen]
"We shall prevail! "
[Boom! Screen shatters]
[Announcer's voice, sounding a lot like Optimus Prime] On October 29th Angels Baseball will introduce Jerry DiPoto. And you'll see why 2014 won't be like 2011.
I haven't been this happy about an Angels acquisition since Vlad. No matter how this turns out, I think we have to give kudos to Arte and Carpino for doing their due diligence and making a great choice. Friedman would have been great, but in no way do I think we merely "settled" for Dipoto. With his wide experience working in baseball, I'm sure he will assemble a killer staff around him. I can even see Kim Ng hopping aboard as an assistant. At any rate, I am looking forward to years of enlightened management in the Angels FO, something I could not have dreamed of saying a couple of weeks ago.
@alansmafra He actually did just fine in that deal. He got Skaggs, who is currently one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball, and Corbin, who has a good shot at being pretty good too. Plus he saved a ton of money. Maybe he could have done better, but he still did pretty damn good.
@monkeywithahalo@alansmafra Nope, that trade was fine. It was made with an eye on both the future and the present. Let's not forget that the DBacks made it to the playoffs while the Angels got an early start on their GM search.
What worries me is that I advocated for DiPoto before Reagins was even released/repositioned so if he performs poorly I will feel somewhat responsible. I'm not really sure how to react, I've never been correct like this before.
@Rick K.@scioscialite@monkeywithahalo I'm sure the DBacks urged to make the deal, they came back with money to draft and all. Maybe this was indeed the best offer and he had to do it, but I wouldn't be satisfied with the deal.
He made a sacrifice to win bigger after that. I believe he should have tried harder as i also believe he could have gotten more. I hope he did his best.
I knew he was not a dumbass, there was something he had to accomplish and for that he had to trade Dan, yet it was my understanding that he should have done it better. You made it clear to me that he probably hadn't had a better way out. Thank you guys. Long live DiPoto!
@alansmafra@Rick K.@monkeywithahalo Let's not forget Dbacks ownership wanted to move Haren to clear money to use on the 2011 draft. They had a number of very high draft picks, and signing those picks was going to cost a lot of money. And the Dbacks by many accounts had a tremendous draft, another feather in Dipoto's cap.
@Rick K.@monkeywithahalo Ok, that was not "for nothing", but we all know that Skaggs was so long shot that he would not make it to the majors in '13. I know too little from Corbin, but I wouldn't be afraid of giving another future player and still call it a winner.
Or maybe I just like Danny too much, for many reasons from outside the mound. For me, Dan is as good as Jered, and I wouldn't trade 2 1/2 years form Danny for only two minor players.