For months now there’s been speculation about whether the Angels will fire general manager Jerry Dipoto and/or manager Mike Scioscia, with the assumption being that Dipoto was the more likely to go.
When asked about his job status yesterday Dipoto declined to answer, telling Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times: “I’m not going to get into it. I don’t want to have this conversation.”
Dipoto has one year remaining on his contract, but that’s nothing compared to the five years and $27 million left on Scioscia’s deal. DiGiovanna writes that “Dipoto is more vulnerable than Scioscia” and a decision from owner Arte Moreno is expected early next week.
Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.
When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.
Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.