For the first time in a long time Jerry Dipoto’s cell phone isn’t ringing off the hook.
Teams aren’t calling and the Los Angeles Angels’ general manager doesn’t have holes to fill. After all, his Halos carry the second-best record in the majors, holding a hefty 5 ½ game Wild Card lead.
With the trade deadline hours away implausible rumors of John Lackey’s return briefly surfaced, but that’s as unlikely to happen as Angels fans cheering A.J. Pierzynski. Los Angeles already signed journeyman Randy Wolf to a minor league deal in case any starters go down.
Dipoto’s main concern was finding dependable relievers, and he found them without having to give up too many farmhands. The additions of lefty Joe Thatcher and steadfast closer Huston Street shored up a shaky bullpen that carried the junior circuit’s third-highest ERA (4.12) last season.
The deadline will come and go and the Angels will stand pat. That, however, hasn’t always been the case.
From trading away a potential Hall of Famer to inexplicably giving up top prospects for short-term rentals, the Angels have their share of memorable last-second transactions.