With the acquisition of Joe Blanton, the Los Angeles Angels' Opening Day rotation would likely be Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Tommy Hanson, Blanton and Garrett Richards/Jerome Williams.
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said he accomplished what he set out to achieve.
“In the last 10 days, we’ve added four accomplished major league pitchers,” Dipoto said. “Some have upside, some have durability, some have general track records. I feel the moves have been practical. We’ve plugged holes in a quality way.
“Building one-through-12 depth on the pitching staff has been our goal throughout. We’ve accomplished what we wanted to do.”
If Dipoto really had accomplished what he set out to do, Greinke would be an Angel right now.
He traded three top-25 prospects to acquire Greinke last July. Dipoto then traded Ervin Santana and said goodbye to Dan Haren and Torii Hunter, creating payroll space to possibly acquire Greinke.
That was the goal.
Greinke is still out there, and can still be had. The obvious risk is the massive increase in payroll for the Angels. Signing Greinke would put the Angels in the range of $170 million-plus, a major jump over last year's $159 million figure.
Still a risk worth taking. Unless of course Dipoto is happy with Richards or Williams pitching every fifth day rather than Greinke.