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Angels GM Jerry Dipoto on job status: “I don’t want to have this conversation”

Sep 27, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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For months now there’s been speculation about whether the Angels will fire general manager Jerry Dipoto and/or manager Mike Scioscia, with the assumption being that Dipoto was the more likely to go.

When asked about his job status yesterday Dipoto declined to answer, telling Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times: “I’m not going to get into it. I don’t want to have this conversation.”

Dipoto has one year remaining on his contract, but that’s nothing compared to the five years and $27 million left on Scioscia’s deal. DiGiovanna writes that “Dipoto is more vulnerable than Scioscia” and a decision from owner Arte Moreno is expected early next week.

  1. nsauser - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    DiPoto must have had quite a hype machine. The Dbacks didn’t want this guy after he was their interim GM. He’s in over his head. In addition he might end up being the GM or record on 2 of baseball’s worst contracts ever.

    • paperlions - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      Sigh…you don’t pay any attention, do you? Both the Pujols and Hamilton contracts were forced on Dipoto by the owner…those are Moreno’s mistakes, not Dipoto’s.

      FWIW, the D-Backs have made a crap-ton of horrible decisions the last year. The Upton trade was horrible, they gave away Chris Young, they paid Ross too much for too many years when OF was not a position of need, they traded away Bauer for 50 cents on the dollar for an all-field no-hit SS (which is what Gregorius was in the minors and what he turned back into after a hot start in the majors) that the organization didn’t need…they have accumulated a bunch of “gritty players” that are short on talent and have taken a huge step backwards in terms of the talent in the organization. It would be very hard for Dipoto to have made as many horrible decisions as the D-Backs have made the last 12 months.

      • uhmwhat - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Are you high?

        Upton performed to expectations this season: hot streaks followed by long periods of ineptitude, and incredibly overhyped the entire time. His April was incredible but he had a similar hot streak every single year AZ (usually in a different month). Upton will never be a superstar, just a vehicle for marketing hype. Prado is a producer: he hits, fields, and leads. I’d make that trade again without a second thought, although it would be nice to keep Chris Johnson and his .330 avg. (who saw that coming?)

        Chris Young is great defensively…but his sub-Uecker line batting avg and $8.5 mil salary are unattractive. Another good trade. Our return for him was paltry because (gasp!) he’s just not that good of a player.

        Bauer is even more overhyped than Upton AND he’s a brat who knows everything. Toss in pitch control issues and an embarrassing rap fetish, and you’ve got yourself a career minor leaguer. At least Gregorious was able to contribute at the major league level this season.

        I thought the Ross contract was a mistake when I first heard about it, and he hasn’t overperformed this season. But if you want to talk about contract mistakes, you missed the giant gaping orifice of Heath Bell. THAT was a mistake.

        Bauer, Upton, & Young were good trades. Signing Ross and Bell was a mistake. You don’t pay any attention, do you?

      • paperlions - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        No, I’m not high….I’m just not a homer. The D-Backs have gotten nothing out of those trades. They are paying an older player the same they would have been paying Upton to perform worse than Upton, and they gave away Johnson in the deal as well.

        How bad Baurer has sucked this year is irrelevant to his value last off-season…and they got essentially nothing for him, Gregorius is now their 3rd string SS because they already had a prospect in the minors that was better than he was….heck, he can’t even put Pennington on the bench.

        The D-Backs are now looking for a power bat for an OF corner…because they traded their away and the guys they signed to bad deals weren’t as good as their career years (duh).

        Yeah, the Bell deal was another horrible one….compounded by their insistence on giving him high leverage innings.

        Say what you want…but the Diamond backs have been worse this year than they were last year…and there is no reason to think they’ll be better next year.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Well, Arte’s not gonna fire himself….

  3. J. Robert Hanson - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    The person Arte needs to fire is himself. He put forward the deal with Pujols and Hamilton. He decided to pass on Greinke. He chose hitters in a pitcher’s ballpark neglecting the need for starting pitching and a top-teir closer. When you can only afford pitchers like Hanson and Blanton, a poor season is what you get. Scioscia and Dipoto did the best they could with what they had. Arte needs to give himself a timeout for this year’s debacle.

  4. echech88 - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    The tidbits that have leaked this season about Moreno nixing a couple of Dipoto’s agreed-upon trades the past 2 years makes it hard to blame this guy for the work he’s done. Blanton is unforgivable but for all we know that was plan C.

    Peter Gammons has already let it slip that Dipoto had a deal for Ervin Santana right after Pujols and Wilson signed (presumably for more than the cash dump they got this year) and Howie Kendrick this past July to the Dodgers for Zach Lee.

    Hard to do your job with both hands tied behind your back by a clueless control freak.

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      “Howie Kendrick this past July to the Dodgers for Zach Lee.”

      Damn you Arte!

  5. brewcrewfan54 - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Getting fired would probably be a relief for this guy if Moreno is as meddlesome as some of you are saying.

  6. moogro - Sep 27, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    They’re cursed by the name foisted upon them by the marketing department. Fix it, and things will work out. Cursed, I say.

  7. losanginsight - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Jerry and Arte will save face by signing Cano to a 12 yr. / $305 mil deal with an ownership option.

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