In the wake of Tony Reagins resigning as Angels general manager amid an overall front office housecleaning there’s been a lot written about how manager Mike Scioscia is truly pulling all the personnel strings and any GM would mostly just be a figurehead.
In terms of actually becoming the GM, though, Scioscia has no interest.
When asked yesterday if the Angels would consider Scioscia for the GM opening team president John Carpino replied: “I don’t believe so, but it would probably be a question for Mike, wouldn’t it?”
And so Randy Youngman of the Orange County Register asked Scioscia, who said: “I’m happy with what I’m doing. I have no aspirations to be the GM.” Scioscia also declined to comment on Reagins’ resignation other than to say they always had a good relationship.
Jeff Mathis is set for a raise from his $1.7 million salary via arbitration after hitting .174 in 93 games, so what the Angels do with their starting catcher should show how much influence Scioscia has on the roster.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.