“Angels vow to be creative in off-season”. That was the headline above an article about the Angels on Thursday. Actually that was a statement from General Manager Tony Reagins.
I guess his idea of creativity was resigning his GM position on Friday. Reagins, who took over for “No Trigger Finger” Bill Stoneman after the 2007 season, will now be a special assistant to president Dennis Kuhl. Cool, I guess, if you believe that. I do not. Reagins said he had been contemplating the move for about a month. Yeah, pull my leg a little farther. If that is true, than why say anything about the Angels off season plan? Why not just say something like, “We’ll figure things out as time moves forward” or “We realize we have some needs, but it’ll take some time to see how we’re going to go about filling them”. Thursday’s article made Reagins appear to be excited about the the off-season. Nope, the next day he had had enough. Unless I find out later that Reagins has some fatal disease, I won’t believe that story ever.
Remember, this is the same Angels team that knew they were deficient in the bullpen, and needed another bat in July, but did absolutely nothing. I could be wrong though, the Angels may be the biggest wheelers/dealers this winter. Only time will tell.
I like Reagins style. You can’t fail, if you don’t try. Yeah, Scott Kazmir was a complete bust. However, no one thought that when they acquired him in 2009. Kazmir made 6 starts that year for the Halos and went 2-2, with a 1.73 ERA. it was the next season when things went sour for the left hander. I wasn’t angry at Reagins than, I wasn’t after Kazmir forgot how to pitch in 2010. However, I will be if Kazmir comes back next year, with a different organization, and pitches like he did in the past. I will blame that on Halo coaches.
Vernon Wells was a bad move, no doubt. Look at the circumstances though. The Angels had just lost out on Carl Crawford, and the pressure was building for them to make a move. Acquiring Wells was a desperation move, one made to placate upset fans and media members. Wells didn’t impress me much with the Jays, and I now realize that he is on the backend of his career with the Angels. That 60+ million the Angels still owe him can’t be sitting well with the Halo bean counters. We all know what Napoli has done with the Rangers, and I guarantee you that didn’t help Reagins one bit either.
Before we castigate Reagins, remember he also took Dan Haren from the D’backs, and Mark Teixeira from the Braves. His signing of Torii Hunter was a genius move. He also is responsible for drafting Mike Trout, among others.
So who do the Angels get as their next GM? The LA Times article said the Angels would like to get Billy Beane from the A’s. Is it because he has been in charge of the many titles the A’s have won since he has been the GM in Oakland? Or, are they enthralled by the movie, “Money Ball”? From what I’ve read, Beane has quite an EGO. I like him better in Oakland.
They should interview Rick Hahn of the White Sox.
Hahn in the Sox money guy. He understands contracts, and is a fine talent evaluator. I’ve seen him in action the past 8 years, and he is one guy the Sox could ill afford to lose. Before you puke up your coffee, Hahn does not make all the personnel decisions for the Sox, so don’t blame him for Adam Dunn.
I wonder if guys like Theo Epstein or Brian Cashman would want to leave their positions with the Red Sox and Yankees.
I would also take a look at Kim Ng. She used to hold a high end position with the Dodgers, and is now with Major League Baseball.
She is as sharp as it comes when it applies to on the field talent, and contract negotiations. It would also help in the PR department, as she would be the first female GM in baseball history. It’s about time a woman gets a shot, and NG would do a great job. From what I remember, hiring a former Dodger has served the Angels well in the past
Whoever takes over has many decisions to make. One they won’t have to make is on Vernon Wells. No team in baseball is gonna take that contract, so get used to the .225 batting average. No wait, in his last year of his contract he’ll hit .290, with 35 home runs and 105 RBI.
This isn’t the time to talk Mark Trumbo at 3rd. I’ll save that until after the Angels make one, or any moves.
About the Author
Written by Bill Mahoney
O'kay I'll talk about myself a little. I've been working in the television/radio industry for over 21 years. I started at 2 so I am just a tad over 21 (That is a joke). My career has taken me around and and even out of the United States. Right now I call Vegas home, but I just never know where life will take me next. Until 2002 my irrational love for the California/Anaheim/LAA had taken me down some very dark roads, but with Arte Moreno in charge I finally saw the a light at the end of the road. I really love most every sports and having as much fun as possible.