DiPoto has constructed a team that has great power when healthy, and have the best player in baseball in Mike Trout, however a lot of the transactions on offense had nothing to do with the man. As you will see in the Roster Tree, a lot of the guys have been Drafted before the DiPoto era. I will say he has done a better job in the last year, than in his 1st 2 years at the helm. The club has a short window to compete, before a lot of the team becomes older, all making too much money.
How All Of The Angels Hitters Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):
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Here at the MLB Reports we have taken a hard line at how the Angels have conducted business for the last several years.
From Sully (our lead Audio Personality and creator of “Sullymetrics”), to our ‘chief writer’ Hunter Stokes, to even myself at certain times – we have poured cold water on their effort in assembling this current team.
I maybe the less culpable of the three, as I did predict this club to win the 2012 World Series, however one thing we all agreed on was Mike Scioscia‘s crazy insistence on batting Raul Ibanez 4th when he was so brutal for the team.
The fact they signed him wasn’t very great either, when Kendrys Morales would have fit the bill perfectly.
Among the observations we had, was criticizing GM Jerry DiPoto for some of his moves since taking over as GM of the club in late 2011.
A litany of poor roster decisions was part of the problem.
The club wasted $16 MIL on Joe Blanton, paid for an injured Reliever in Ryan Madson, who never even pitched for the club.
The Sean Burnett injury problems I will not fault him for.
Josh Hamilton was tearing up the baseball in April before he injured his hand sliding into 1st base in Seattle. Upon returning, the former AL MVP is not hitting with the same kind of authority. His overall numbers are still good, and I believe he has one more good stretch of play. Like Pujols, he signed a huge deal to play with the Halos. Hamilton will earn $25 MIL in 2015, and $32 MIL for both the 2016 and 2017 seasons. The team has to hope for optimum success in this time frame. The 33 Year Old has hit .304/.389/.471 – with 5 HRs and 21 RBI. Hamilton was inked to a 5 YRs/$133 MIL contract prior to the 2013 campaign.
Then, as you will see in the roster tree, the team traded away young Starting Pitcher Tyler Chatwood for Catcher Chris Iannetta.
Again, we also can’t fault DiPoto for the whole Vernon Wells fiasco, of the team paying $70 MIL for his services, and receiving 2 brutal years, before sending him to the Yankees. The club is still paying for that penalty.
Oh yeah.. they also traded away power hitting Mike Napoli in the process, a backstopper who had clubbed 20+ HRs in 3 straight years in limited AB.
This was all to acquire Chris Iannetta (even with being decent), whose numbers have paled in comparison to the departed big RHB.
But all of this being said, his club is playing better for him in 2014.
Albert Pujols has been healthy, Josh Hamilton has hit when in the lineup, and the squad has been receiving nice play from part timers C.J. Cron – and Kole Calhoun.
I wouldn’t say the David Freese for Peter Bourjos deal has been great either, but both of those men have underperformed for their new club.
The Angels are in 1st place because of their recent drafting – and mostly under the regime that proceeded DiPoto.
The Los Angeles franchise will be in cap hell as early as next year, when Hamilton makes $25 MIL, then $32 MIL for both 2016 and 2017, and Pujols receives a $1 MIL raise from $23 – $24 MIL next campaign, and an additional $1 MIL for every season after that until 2021, capping out at a $30 MIL a year contract.
When I talk about the Pitching in an upcoming blog, I will also talk about their team’s inability to find decent relief help, and will give the guy credit for the Tyler Skaggs/Mark Trumbo deal.
I also don’t mind the deal last year that he did – when he send Alberto Callaspo to the A’s for Grant Green.
The good news is that the club has cut ties with Raul Ibanez, and for the moment has their healthiest roster on the field to compete.
Their best lineup of Trout, Kendrick, Pujols, Hamilton, Calhoun, Cron, Green, Iannetta and Aybar is a nice array of talent, and should be able to mash their way to a lot of victories.
The only thing preventing this team from a playoff spot, could be a couple of injuries..
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.
It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
Albert Pujols signed a 10 YR/$250 MIL contract with the Angels at the age of 31. At that time, he was still one of the best players on the planet. He now has a 3 slash of .269/.330/.479 – with 64 HRs and 219 AB in his 1326 AB for the Angels. His production this year has him on pace for a 30 HR, 90+ RBI campaign. Not becoming of a $24 MIL AAV man – but at least he is healthy, and one of the best producers at 1B currently in the game.
Los Angeles Angels 2014 Hitters Age/Position (Roster Tree)
Mike Trout (22) CF: Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 1st round (25th pick) of the 2009 amateur draft.
Kole Calhoun (26) RF/1B: Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 8th round of the 2010 amateur draft.
Albert Pujols (34) 1B: December 8, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. (10 YRs/$240 MIL).
Erick Aybar (30) SS: Signed by the Anaheim Angels as an amateur free agent in 2002.
C.J. Cron (24) DH/1B: Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 1st round (17th pick) of the 2011 amateur draft.
Brennan Boesch (29) OF: January 28, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Howie Kendrick (30) 2B/1B: Drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 10th round of the 2002 amateur draft.
Chris Iannetta (31) C: November 30, 2011: Traded by the Colorado Rockies to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Tyler Chatwood.
Tyler Chatwood (24) SP: Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2nd round of the 2008 amateur draft.
Josh Hamilton (33) OF: December 15, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. (5 YRs/$133 MIL).
David Freese (31) 3B: November 22, 2013: Traded by the St. Louis Cardinals with Fernando Salas to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk.
Fernando Salas (29) RP: Has been in the relief core for the 2014 season for Angels, despite spending the last few weeks on the DL with right shoulder inflammation.
Randal Grichuk (22) OF/PH: Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 1st round (24th pick) of the 2009 amateur draft.
Peter Bourjos (27) OF: Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 10th round of the 2005 amateur draft.
Collin Cowgill (28) OF: June 25, 2013: Traded by the New York Mets to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Kyle Johnson (minors).
Kyle Johnson (24) OF: Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 25th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Hank Conger (26) C: Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 1st round (25th pick) of the 2006 amateur draft.
J.B. Shuck (27) OF: November 15, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Grant Green (26) INF: July 30, 2013: Traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Alberto Callaspo.
Alberto Callaspo (31) 3B/2B: July 22, 2010: Traded by the Kansas City Royals to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Sean O’Sullivan and Will Smith.
Will Smith (24) RP: Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 7th round of the 2008 amateur draft.
Sean O’Sullivan (26) P: Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 3rd round of the 2005 amateur draft.
Efren Navarro (26) OF/PH/1B: Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 50th round of the 2007 amateur draft.
Ian Stewart (29) 3B/2B: January 28, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
www.baseballreference.com – the source behind all roster transactions.
Mike Trout is the best all around player in the game, but he was no actually drafted by DiPoto. His selection was done during the Tony Reagins regime. The CF did sign a 6 YR/$144 MIL extension earlier this year, that will keep him with LAA until 2020. Trout now 22, has an OPS of 1.017 (Leads AL) – with 19 HRs and 62 RBI in 303 AB this season. The speedy OF has only swiped 10 bases this year/ No doubt that if the Angels make the playoffs this year, that this man will be the leading candidate to be the AL MVP – after finishing runner up to Miguel Cabrera in each of the last 2 years.
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