The Los Angeles Angels GM Jerry Dipoto didn’t have a great season in 2013 but his team could have a much better chance in 2014 because of his activity this offseason and specifically at the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings. The huge deal of course was the Mark Trumbo three-team trade in which the Angels came away with good young pitchers Tyler Skaggs from the Arizona Diamondbacks and Hector Santiago from the Chicago White Sox. Trumbo is a great young player but the Angels really freed up a ton of options by this move.
Not only did they already receive two good young pitching options, they also freed up money so that they can aggressively pursue other free agent pitching options. They have already been linked to talks with Matt Garza since the big trade. Clearly Dipoto knew that the pitching staff was the biggest problem with his team this past season and he did even more to help cure the issue with the Rule 5 Draft.
For whatever reason the Seattle Mariners didn’t protect triple-A starter Brian Moran. As soon as they didn’t, everyone knew he was a goner. The Angels were able to be the lucky team that chose him. Moran only averaged 12.2 K/9 this past season at triple-A and had dominating numbers basically across the board.
In short, the activity of this week alone has the potential to turn the Angels into a pitching-deep organization instead of one that has zero depth on the mound. That is a great week of activity no matter which way you slice it. Dipoto was said to be on the hot seat this offseason and this upcoming season but if he is, he is going about protecting his job in the right way.