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Tony Reagins resigns as Angels general manager

Sep 30, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

Arte Moreno, Vernon Wells, Tony Reagins Reuters

If the Angels are indeed going to be “creative and aggressive” this offseason they’ll have to do so with a new general manager, as Tony Reagins announced his resignation.

Angels owner Arte Moreno issued a statement saying that “in moving forward, we felt a change was needed.”

Reagins has drawn tons of deserved criticism for acquiring Vernon Wells last offseason, as the deal looked like a mistake immediately due to the huge contract for a non-elite player (and the fact that he gave up Mike Napoli in the process) and now looks even worse after Wells had the worst season of his career.

Reagins has been the Angels’ GM since replacing Bill Stoneman in October of 2007 and was previously the team’s director of player development. He received a contract extension following the 2009 season. Based on his public comments all week, Reagins certainly didn’t seem like a man expecting to be leaving his job. He’ll reportedly stay with the organization as a special assistant for now.

  1. clydeserra - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    There is no way Scioscia wasn’t involved in getting rid of Napoli. I expect Scioscia still thinks its a good idea.

    • Joe - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:29 PM

      I ask this in ignorance: Is he one of the managers who actually has some power over the front office’s moves?

      • aaronmoreno - Sep 30, 2011 at 8:54 PM

        Yes, he is. While he doesn’t impose himself openly on the front office, he’s clearly bigger than the GM.

  2. cur68 - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    And so it has come to this. Another GM bites the dust because of Vernon. First Riccardi, now Reagins. There. I told you. I told you all. Vernon Wells is EVIL. Evil incarnate. He will come for you. Soon. That Wells won’t die, in the nightmare that won’t end. He cannot be bargained with. That Wells is out there! He can’t be bargained with. He can’t be reasoned with. He doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And he absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are miserable watching him play! Yeah. He’s an Angel now. But, I put it to you, what kind of Angel? One of the bad ones, that’s what.

    • jeffw - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:40 PM

      Funny!

    • sportsdrenched.com - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:42 PM

      You’ll be glad to know that last time I saw Wells at Kauffman he drew the majority of my witty and snarky heckling.

    • Old Gator - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:48 PM

      Well, that certainly was creative and aggressive, Orange County style. First Burrito King shut down. Now this. My gut feeling is that the Angels will now spare no expense to pry Alex Rios from the White Sox. The guy is all potential.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:55 PM

        Go for it. Abreu for Rios.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:56 PM

      what kind of Angel?

      Not one of Charlie’s Angels that’s for sure.

      • cur68 - Sep 30, 2011 at 7:03 PM

        One of those fallen ones, that’s what. Hide your daughters.

    • patsandsox - Sep 30, 2011 at 6:01 PM

      Hide the women and children.
      Seriously how did this guy get the contract he did? and how did he not get it from Theo Epstien?

      From the oppisite coast this seems like a good thing, but I wonder what Angles fans think.

  3. Ted Spradlin - Sep 30, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Reagins takes the credit (or blame) as GM for the Vernon Wells trade, but Arte Moreno ultimately had to sign off on squandering $60 million that could have been deployed across the 25 man roster. At least Reagins can cut his loss while leaving the team holding the bag. Good move Tony.

  4. schlom - Sep 30, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    According to SI.com Reagins is staying with the organization.

    Don’t forget that along with the horrendous Wells trade he also forced out scouting director Eddie Bane last season who drafted about half of their current team.

  5. miketreedy - Sep 30, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    As a Rangers fan, I am very disappointed to hear about Reagins resigning. He has been a big help to the Rangers the past few years. Thanks Tony for all your help.

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