It should have been an unqualified good day for the
But the Angels are chasing the
"My initial reaction was, 'Wow,'" Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto said Saturday, "like I'm sure every other person in baseball or fan that was watching."
The Angels got
"Kudos to the A's," Angels outfielder
"It makes you wonder about the A's. They're still going after starting pitching, and they've got pretty good starting pitching already."
Indeed, Oakland's starters lead the
A's relievers rank second in the league in ERA. The Angels rank 11th.
"Our focus going into this trade deadline was to see how much we could help this bullpen," Dipoto said.
Thatcher is the third reliever the Angels have acquired in eight days. Right-hander
The acquisitions of Grilli and Thatcher have added about $1.1 million to the Angels' payroll, leaving budgetary room to add another late-game reliever.
The Angels are interested in
They would consider another left-handed reliever — Michael Roth, summoned from the minors Saturday, is expected to go back down shortly — and possible targets include
They could wait to see if the
"I don't know how much more tweaking we'll need to do," Dipoto said. "If there is a way to help that group get better, we will try to do that."
The Angels have checked in with the Rays about
Dipoto, speaking generally, said he is satisfied with a team that is second in the AL in runs, tied for first in fielding percentage, and second in innings from its starting pitchers.
"You're always looking for ways to get better," he said. "To this point, our focus has been on our bullpen. . . . Right now, we're not anticipating making a move in any other area."
The A's did, leaving Dipoto to dust off the old ballplayer cliche about worrying only about what you can control.
"I'm sure they're thrilled," he said. "They're an excellent team. They're the team everyone is trying to catch, and have been for three years. We're just trying to control our own shot."
Angels second baseman
"It's always good to see that when we're playing really well, they're trying to make moves to make the team better," Kendrick said. "When you add pieces like that, it helps you get an extra bit of confidence as a team."
The A's just added two big pieces.
"Everybody knows what they did," Kendrick said. "We've still got to go play. Those are two quality pitchers they received, but when it comes down to it, it's about playing the game.
"We try not to focus on the other team around here. It's about what we're doing here. The biggest thing is just to try to win games."
The Angels won again Saturday night, rallying for eight runs in the seventh inning and beating Houston, 11-5, their fifth win in six games and ninth consecutive home victory. The A's defeated Toronto, 5-1, to remain 31/2 games ahead of the Angels in the