For the Los Angeles Angels, the MLB Trade Deadline was just a standard Thursday of saying, "wow, and, "oh my," like it was for the rest of us.
"We like our team," said Dipoto on July 5th. "We like the player that plays each spot, we like every fifth starter we have."
A few new members were added to the team over the past month, all additions to the bullpen. Jason Grilli was added from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Ernesto Frieri, Joe Thatcher came over from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a pair of prospects, and most recently, the San Diego Padres shipped Huston Street over with a prospect for four of the Angels elite prospects.
"Nobody wants to deplete their farm system... but you have to give to get."
Despite Dipoto's wishes, it took away from the Angels chances at making big trades on elite starters at the deadline. Jon Lester was sent from the Boston Red Sox to the Oakland Athletics, and the big trade of the day was David Price being dealt to the Detroit Tigers from the Tampa Bay Rays. Dipoto is not worried about what teams around the Angels are doing though.
"We can only control what we can control, and what we've identified is what we've been focusing on and that was to help change the look in the bullpen. So far, we've been able to accomplish that... we can't worry about what other teams around us do."
Starting pitchers were not the focus for Dipoto though, as he felt comfortable with everything but one thing, the bullpen. Once that was fixed though, things became very simple for the Angels.
"We're not anticipating making moves in any other area."
For the Angels, they'll fight for the final two months of the regular season, not only looking to earn a playoff spot, but also try and chase the Athletics and find their way into winning the American League West Division.