"You have to make sure you tend your own garden," General Manager
The A's, who began Sunday tied with the Angels for first place in the
The deals won't dramatically alter the A's roster and, in fact, the trade for Soto comes in anticipation of
Dipoto said picking up a journeyman catcher like Soto is possible in August, but it's far more difficult to fill the kinds of needs the Angels after injuries knocked pitchers Garrett Richards and
"The chance of picking up a difference-maker without greatly changing the financial landscape of your team, it's not that common," Dipoto said. "It's a tough thing."
The Angels have made one move in the last week, picking up infielder Gordon Beckham from the
"I really like our team," he said. "I know that Jerry's proactive on continuing to try to improve it. And although we're thin in a couple of areas, we have a good team. And we need to focus on what we can do.