Yesterday, we took a look at the case for firing Mike Scioscia. Good times were had by all. In the interests of equal time, it is Jerry Dipoto's turn to have his every move picked apart. OK, not literally every move, but pretty darn close. Why? Because that is the best way to judge a GM based on the information available to us. Plus it is a more interesting read than what I originally planned which is this:
The Zack Greinke trade.
Signing Joe Blanton.
Instead, I am going to try and walk the line of boring you to death by reviewing insignificant moves like trading for Barry Enright. Yup, that's how granular we are getting. Suddenly those fart sounds seem attractive don't they? Well, make yourself comfortable because we are going to be here for awhile. Let the scrutiny begin!
Let Fernando Rodney go
This is a good move (or lack thereof) to start with because it is a perfect example of why a GM should be judged on process and not results. Yes, we all know that Rodney went to Tampa and had one of the best reliever seasons of all time. To some, this is an indictment on Dipoto, but let's be serious about this. No person in their right mind thought Fraudney was capable of being that good or even mildly effective. That is why the Rays got him for such a cheap deal. With how bad Rodney had been in Anaheim and how sour his relationship with Scioscia had grown, you absolutely cannot blame Dipoto.
This was Dipoto's first "real" move. If you judge this on results it is a bit of a failure for Dipoto. Iannetta has had his ups and downs while Chatwood seemingly came into his own with the Rockies this season though he has dealt with injuries. Again, process is important. The Angels were going all-in on the season and needed a starting catcher so that Jerry could pry Jeff Mathis out of Mike Scioscia's hands. One cannot overstate how important that was at the time. Iannetta filled that need, but he did prove to be injury-prone and an inconsistent performer. As for Chatwood, he had been absolutely terrible in his rookie season with the Angels. That being said, the Angels were desperately thin in the rotation and Chatwood was really the only major league ready starting pitcher they had in the minors. Overall, this was a mixed bag.
Traded Jeff Mathis for Brad Mills
Jeff Mathis is no longer and Angel and the Halos got an actual live person for him. FIVE STARS!no comments