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Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Jerry Dipoto is the high-volume trader who put Seattle back in the playoffs

Dipoto wasn’t devastated or insulted by the trade. He was excited to join the Mets. And perhaps that positive reaction is one reason why no other baseball executive has made more trades than Dipoto since he first rose to a full-time GM job with the Los Angeles Angels at the end of the 2011 season.

Since then, he’s made an MLB-high 124 trades, according to an analysis of Baseball Reference data. The next closest in that time span are Andrew Friedman (108) and Brian Cashman (107), two of the most successful executives of the century. Dipoto joined the Mariners as GM following the 2015 season and was promoted to president in 2021.

He’s averaged 11.3 trades per year since he’s become chief decision-maker. The MLB average is 7.9 a year per executive.

His 23 trades in 2017 are the most on record in a single year dating back to 1950. His 21 trades in 2016 are tied with Randy Smith (1996, Detroit Tigers) and Bing Devine (1973, St. Louis Cardinals) for the second most in a year.

“I know when I first got (to Seattle), it scared people,” Dipoto said of the trade volume. “Like, ‘Oh my God, what are we doing?’ To the point where one of the people I worked with said, ‘Isn’t that enough?’”

Dipoto countered: “I don’t know. We’re not where we need to be.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 28, 2022 at 09:59 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: December 28, 2022 at 08:27 PM (#6111106)
the end of the 2011 season.... Since then, he’s made an MLB-high 124 trades

I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that the number of GMs who have been nearly constantly employed over that time doesn't extend far beyond DiPoto, Friedman and Cashman, perhaps having quite a bit to do with why they rank so highly. That DiPoto also has a couple of the highest seasons of the last 50+ years is more impressive.

I guess I've never thought about how many trades (incl cash transactions?) a team usually makes during a season. 11 or so per season doesn't seem crazy high when you consider minor-league deals, deadline deals, little rule 5 swaps both in trading (for) a guy about to be rule 5'd and drafting a rule 5 guy then immediately swapping him to another team, out of option deals and any other inconsequential trades I've forgotten. It might be interesting to look at number of trades involving one or more MLers -- I won't be surprised if he's #1 there too but it would be more in line with what the average fan cares about.
   2. CraigK Posted: December 29, 2022 at 12:33 PM (#6111174)
He'd better be good at trading considering I crunched the numbers the other day and found out there are NPB teams that have spent more on MLB free agents in the 2022-23 offseason than the Seattle Mariners.

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