To say the Los Angeles Angels are a disappointment this season is a gigantic understatement. Entering Tuesday night the Angels have a record of 53-64 and sit 15 games behind the Texas Rangers for first place in the American League West. The awful performance by the Halos this season reportedly even has manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto at each other’s throats.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is reporting that there is serious tension between Scioscia and Dipoto. It has gotten so bad that one of the two is likely to lose his job sometime soon.
Dipoto is in his second year as the team’s general manager and has been the leading force of what can only be described as several disastrous acquisitions. He acquired right-handers Joe Blanton, Tommy Hanson and Ryan Madson last offseason and all three have been busts (Madson has never even stepped on a mound for the Angels).
Dipoto also signed outfielder Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million contract last offseason at the behest of owner Artie Moreno. The Hamilton contract already looks like a loser, especially because it robbed the team of payroll flexibility. In exchange for the $25 million the Angels are spending on Hamilton this season, the 32-year-old has turned in a WAR of just 0.1, which is a career low.
What makes this all even worse is that the Angels have the American League’s fourth-worst record and baseball’s sixth-highest payroll.
Early in Scioscia’s tenure his teams were known for being disciplined, exploiting mistakes and being crisp defensively. The current team is essentially the opposite of all those things. It is a roster dotted with overpaid stars and a bloated payroll and looks nothing like his early squads.
The 54-year-old Scioscia is in his 14th season as manager of the Angels. He led the franchise to its only World Series title in 2002 and has won the American League Manager of the Year award twice (in 2002 and 2009). But 14 years is a long time for someone to be in charge of a team and it might be time for a change in voices at the top for the Angels.
That said, Scioscia has a contract that is guaranteed through 2018, while Dipoto is only signed through 2014. It’s hard to imagine Moreno not making some changes this offseason. Our guess is that Dipoto will be gone and the team will attempt to unload some contracts to bolster a weak farm system.