ARLINGTON, Texas —
"I'm not going to get into it," said Dipoto, the subject of heavy speculation since early August when the Angels, who opened the season with World Series aspirations, fell out of playoff contention. "I don't want to have this conversation."
Owner Arte Moreno is expected to determine the fates of Dipoto, who has one year left on his three-year contract, and Manager
There is a sense inside and outside the organization that Dipoto is more vulnerable than Scioscia, but the possibility of both remaining appears to be gaining some momentum.
Until a decision is made, it's business as usual for Dipoto, who brought his front-office team to Texas, plans to travel to Arizona next week for instructional league and is scheduled to meet with scouts later in October.
He's also formulating ideas on bolstering the team's rotation while remaining under next year's $189-million luxury-tax threshold, a challenge that will lead the Angels toward payroll-shedding trades and away from high-priced free agents.
For luxury-tax purposes, the Angels have $131 million committed to 10 players for 2014. Add $25 million or so for arbitration-eligible players, $10 million or so for players with less than three years' service, and benefits and bonuses, and the Angels could approach $189 million by making a one-year, $14-million qualifying offer to left-hander
Their most valuable trade chips will be second baseman
"We need young, controllable starting pitching — guys who, when something goes wrong at the major league level, can step in and guys you can build with," Dipoto said. "It's gold in the game."
Jurickson Profar led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a pinch-hit home run to right field against reliever
"I don't like this place too much," said Kohn, who was burned for one of those homers on July 31. "It's definitely weird. I personally haven't made pitches here, and I've gotten beat every time I've done that."
The Rangers overcame a franchise-record four errors in a three-run second inning, including two on one play by second baseman
Leonys Martin's two-out, two-run double off Cory Rasmus in the sixth gave Texas a 5-4 lead, but Kole Calhoun tripled in the seventh and scored the tying run on Trumbo's single, the slugger's 100th run batted in this season. Trumbo ended an 0-for-25 slump with three singles in five at-bats.