New Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto made two trades last week, and indications are he plans to be busy at the winter meeting despite budget issues.
They are interested in free-agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez and starting pitcher C.J. Wilson. They also are keeping a watch on the market for Oakland Athletics closer Andrew Bailey, who is drawing trade interest from several teams.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reported that Angels owner Arte Moreno would like to keep the payroll to about $140 million, leaving Dipoto with $15 million to $20 million wiggle room going to Dallas. Of course, the aggressive Dipoto could create more room by trading his players. Right-handed starter Ervin Santana is the likely one to go, given his $11.2 million tag for 2012.
Ramirez would bolster an Angels lineup in need of pop. (The Angels were 10th in the American League in runs last season.) To bring in both Wilson and Ramirez, however, Dipoto will need to move salary off the roster.
The Angels inquired about Bailey, who is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time but three years away from free agency, but their interest is early and not intensified.
Still, given Dipoto's track record in his short time with the Angels and his interim tenure with the Arizona Diamondbacks, he is likely to be aggressive.
— Ken Rosenthal