The Los Angeles Angels now have their general manager in place in Jerry Dipoto, hired on Saturday as the 11th GM in franchise history. With MLB free agency looming at 9 p.m. PDT Saturday night, here is a look at the 40-man roster the new Angels general manager will inherit.
Arbitration eligible (1): Jerome Williams
Under team control (12): Trevor Bell, Ysmael Carmona, Bobby Cassevah, Tyler Chatwood, Kevin Jepsen, Michael Kohn, Anthony Ortega, Garrett Richards, Francisco Rodriguez, Rich Thompson, Loek Van Mil, Jordan Walden
Arbitration eligible (1): Jeff Mathis (made $1.7 million in 2011)
Under contract (1): Maicer Izturis ($3.8 million)
Free agents (1): Russell Branyan
Both Rodriguez and Morales ended the season on the 60-day disabled list, which explains why the Angels have 42 players on the 40-man roster.
The Angels have nearly $99 million committed to nine players in 2012, plus potential raises through arbitration for up to six players. Add in the $2.5 million buyout of Scott Kazmir's 2012 option, and the payroll is somewhere in the $125 million range before considering any free agents or other additions.