Jerry Dipoto, the Angels’ new general manager, said he went to bed at about 6 p.m. Saturday night and slept on and off into Sunday. After signing free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols, left-hander C.J. Wilson and reliever LaTroy Hawkins during a frenzied rush at the winter meetings, Dipoto earned the rest.
He already has had a busy and fruitful off-season, spending $334.5 million on the three free agents, obtaining catcher Chris Iannetta from the Rockies and left-hander Brad Mills from the Blue Jays. The Angels remain in “read and react” mode, Dipoto said, but chances are they won’t do much more.
*On whether the Angels would trade center fielder Peter Bourjos, who Dipoto said has drawn interest from “quite a few” clubs. Those clubs include the Rangers and Nationals, according to major-league sources.
“Peter Bourjos is a guy we’re going to hold,” Dipoto said. He’s one of the better defenders in the league, a 0-to-3 (in years of service time). He’s a good player who fits in very well on a good team, makes our pitching staff better. We’re not that motivated to move him right now.”
*On designated hitter Bobby Abreu’s role now that Pujols has entered a crowded first-base DH mix that also includes Mark Trumbo, a player whom the Angels might try at other positions, and Kendrys Morales, who has not played since May 29, 2010 due to leg injuries.
Abreu, who turns 38 on March 11, is under contract for $9 million next season and can help balance the Angels’ heavily right-handed lineup. So could Morales, who is a switch-hitter.
“He can still fit,” Dipoto said of Abreu. “There’s value in Bobby. Bobby brings a veteran left-handed bat. His on-base skills have never gone away. The way our lineup looks today, I don’t want to say he fits better, but he projects better than maybe he did four days ago.
“He can hit 2 or 3 at the top, can hit in back of Albert. There are so many different ways you can view him. He also has adapted to the DH role. That’s not an easy role for guys to adjust to.”
*On the infield beyond Pujols, which at one time Dipoto was looking to upgrade. Dipoto indicated that the incumbents - second baseman Howie Kendrick, shortstop Erick Aybar and third baseman Alberto Callaspo – are likely to remain, along with utility man Maicer Izturis.
“Maicer for us is an everyday guy who happens to play a part-time role,” Dipoto said. “It’s such an advantage to have him. He’s very versatile, plays all three (infield) positions. The stability of the club around him really accentuates his strengths.
“We’re in a position where I don’t think any of those positions on the field are in question.”