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If you had said two seasons ago that the GM of a team with both Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton on it would be on the hot seat, people would have called you crazy.
But here we are, and that's exactly the case with L.A. Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto.
Dipoto burst onto the scene in his first year on the job, signing big-name free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson before the 2012 season. Unfortunately, the team failed to play consistent baseball last season, finishing just outside of a playoff spot with an 89-73 record.
Looking to pump even more star power into the team, Dipoto stole away slugger Josh Hamilton from the rival Texas Rangers before this season.
It looked like a brilliant move.
But once again the team is faltering, with the Angels sitting at third in the AL West with a 46-49 record—five games behind the second-place Rangers.
Hamilton and Pujols have been key components in the team's struggles, with both players hitting under .260 (Hamilton is floundering around the .225 mark) and having a combined 30 home runs.
Dipoto's string of big signings has not proved to be the answer in Anaheim. And unless the GM finds a way to right the ship this July, his job will certainly be on the line come October.