The October 12th, 2011 edition of daily news for the LA Angels including DiPoto and Oppenheimer rumored to be GM candidates, Wells' contract is still the worst, Olney thinks Angels might go after Pujols and much more...
The Monkey Says: DiPoto is going to be a hot name for any GM opening so it is a bit early to say if he is a serious candidate or if the Angels are just looking at him because it is the trendy thing to do.
The Monkey Says: At least there are only three years left on it, right? Anyone?
The Monkey Says: The comments are in Bill Simmons' podcast, so you'll actually have to listen to hear it, but Buster speculates that Arte Moreno might want to make a statement and show how the organization has changed by bringing in Pujols. It is completely without basis though and, much like last off-season, ignores the Angels' budgetary constraints.
The Monkey Says: Look, Scioscia isn't perfect, but he also isn't even close to being a liability. While the Angels haven't been able to get back to the World Series under his tenure, the team has remained competitive for a decade, which never happened before in Angels history. Considering how deeply flawed some of the rosters he had to work with have been (and, yes, some of that is on him), he has actually done a fantastic job managing and shouldn't be hearing this kind of BS.
Well, from the list Joe makes here it sounds like he's depending on Wells to have three more years just as bad, from an OBP standpoint, to justify his rank at #1. But look at the next two on the list. WAY more money for WAY more time. In fact, ARod and Crawford, even today, are within the margin of error so it could be that you could shift these contracts around in any order and make a case for it. ARod looks like he's facing some pretty serious decline for that $153MM and Crawford, well, Joe perfectly expresses my reason for not bending in the bidding war that took place last off-season: he's more exciting than good.
Now, Ryan Howard at #5 could, and should, be the dark horse winner, er, "loser" here. Most people thought that contract was stupid (It hasn't even started yet, for crying out loud!) and it looks even worse for a guy his size with a torn Achille's tendon. That contract could easily jump up to #1 in all of about ten minutes.
And the best point, made during the wrap-up and after listing Tex at #10 (How many out there will now admit they wanted to "spend what it took" to sign him a few short years ago? Not many, I'd wager.), is pointing out how very few of these long-term debacles work out for the team and suggesting the team pay more per year and give less years. Which brings us conveniently back to Wells. Essentially that's what the Angels did, they followed Joe's suggestion. And don't even think about bringing up the Naps Factor, I won't believe anybody who says they just *knew* he was going to hit like that this season.
Please, Angels! Please avoid falling into the Fielder, Pujols or Wilson contract trap!
It was pretty fun to see Jerry DiPoto's name pop up here. If he gets the job scioscialite and I will look like prophets so remember he was our pick. On the other hand...(in my best Tevya voice)
I was once consulted to see if I knew anyone who could fill a position at work. Not a hard job but with growth potential. "Oh, hire my buddy. He's much better than the job. He'll be managing the department in six months." The result? Epic fail. So...
If DiPoto gets hired but ends up hated here please forget we suggested him.