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Angels' Jerry Dipoto is limited in attempt to improve team
Angels' Jerry Dipoto is limited in attempt to improve team

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — For a general manager heading into what could be his walk-the-plank year, Jerry Dipoto appears calm and assured. His contract guarantees him nothing beyond next season, and the playoffs have gone on without the Angels since 2009. "You can't operate out of fear," Dipoto said. Unfortunately for the Angels, they have two fail-safe mechanisms in place to guard against Dipoto making moves in the short-term interest of his job rather than the long-term interest of the club. Dipoto cannot sign a major free agent to a crazy deal or gut the farm system in a trade, because the Angels have very little money left to spend and no impact prospects to trade. As the winter...

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