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.
Under contract (5): Jered Weaver ($14 million in 2012), Dan Haren ($12.75 million), Ervin Santana ($11.2 million), Scott Downs ($5 million), Hisanori Takahashi ($4.2 million)
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
Free agents (3): Joel Pineiro, Horacio Ramirez, Fernando Rodney
Arbitration eligible (1): Jeff Mathis (made $1.7 million in 2011)
Under team control (2): Hank Conger, Bobby Wilson
Under contract (1): Maicer Izturis ($3.8 million)
Arbitration eligible (4): Erick Aybar (made $3 million in 2011), Alberto Callaspo ($2 million), Howie Kendrick ($3.3 million), Kendrys Morales ($2.975 million)
Under team control (5): Alexi Amarista, Efren Navarro, Andrew Romine, Mark Trumbo, Gil Velazquez
Free agents (1): Russell Branyan
Under contract (3): Bobby Abreu ($9 million), Torii Hunter ($18 million), Vernon Wells ($21 million)
Under team control (4): Peter Bourjos, Jeremy Moore, Chris Pettit, Mike Trout
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.
Special thanks to the Halos Heaven and the indispensable Cot's Baseball Contracts for some of the salary figures.