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Friday, November 24, 2017

The fault in Dipoto’s (prospective) stars - Lookout Landing

Dipoto is chasing a closing window.

Which brings us back to today, and the recent trade of Juan Then (17-year-old 2016 international signee) and JP Sears (21-year-old drafted in 2017) for Nick Rumbelow (26 years old, 15 2⁄3 innings of major league experiences). In an article in the Seattle Times, prior to this trade, Dipoto said, in discussing his moves over the last season “‘We got younger and we didn’t get younger at the A level. We got younger at the big-league level.’” It’s true; Dipoto has gone out of his way to acquire players who are major-league ready and all around 26 years old. Prior to his takeover, the M’s had one of the oldest rosters in the league, so this strategy is good in a vacuum, but has unfortunately been executed at the expense of young talent. I worry about what these moves say about Dipoto’s priorities, and I worry about what these moves say about the priorities of the organization overall but, most importantly, I worry about what these moves say about the Front Office’s confidence in their own systems.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2017 at 07:55 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ReggieThomasLives Posted: November 24, 2017 at 08:50 PM (#5580850)
I reached out to erstwhile editor and prospect king, Ethan Novak, to get his take


Before I read the text after that sentence, I tried to guess whether a “prospect king” would be positive or negative about a GM who regularly trades low minors talent for major league talent.

   2. Captain Supporter Posted: November 26, 2017 at 12:08 PM (#5581104)
I suspect Dipoto is nearing the end of his tenure as a GM. The Mariners are going nowhere fast and have mortgaged their future for a mediocre present, while spinning their wheels making a frenzied series of meaningless trades. Despite all the love he has received on this site (he loves 'advanced' metrics!), perhaps Mike Scioscia did indeed know something after all.
   3. QLE Posted: November 26, 2017 at 03:24 PM (#5581157)
perhaps Mike Scioscia did indeed know something after all


How to utterly waste having Mike Trout on your team?
   4. Captain Supporter Posted: November 26, 2017 at 05:02 PM (#5581186)
He was the Manager, not the GM.
   5. ReggieThomasLives Posted: November 26, 2017 at 08:48 PM (#5581249)
I can’t imagine how much better the Angels would have been with Scosia as GM.

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