Arlington, Texas – Perry Minassian reacted with a shrug after expressing the Angels’ willingness to make the changes needed for the club’s victory, to his manager and two of his star players.
“Nobody wants to play on a losing team,” the Angels general manager said from the visitors’ dugout at Globe Life Field on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s something I expect everyone to say. Not shocking at all. As far as winter goes, nothing changes.”
In some circles – by the media and fans – there was much talk about Mike Trout’s comments on Saturday and Shohei Ohtani on Sunday.
For Minasian, it was a lot about nothing.
Essentially, he said what any player would say, Minassian said. He said that the front office is always ready to win, no matter what anyone says in the press conference.
“I appreciate what he said,” Minassian said. “I liked the fact that, obviously, Mike and Sho, they want to win. They’re not the only two players who want to win. There’s a lot of guys on this team at the moment, and I’m sure you’ll know if any. If you ask any player of the team, he will say the same thing.
Manager Joe Maddon also said that it would be wrong to take Ohtani as saying that he wants to win and interpret it as a threat to leave. Ohtani is currently set to become a free agent after the 2023 season.
“We all feel the same way,” Maddon said. “We all want to win. And I think whoever misinterprets it as if he wants to leave is trying to connect some points that was not at all what he said.
The question, of course, is whether owner Arte Moreno and the front office will take the necessary steps to bring the Angels back to the top after a streak that has now led to six consecutive losing seasons.
“I don’t have to worry about him wanting to win too,” Minassian said of Moreno. “No one wants to win more than them. And he has shown a commitment over the years, frankly, financially, to invest in the club. I don’t think anyone can argue on this. For me, the proof is somewhat in the pudding, right?”
While the Angels have certainly spent big, it has mostly been on position players. He has proposed to the pitcher at the top of the market, but no one has signed yet.
Maddon was more pointed with his comments last week, saying not only that the Angels need to win but also pointing out that they need to acquire frontline starting pitchers to do so. .
Minasseon was non-committal when asked specifically about upgrading the top of the rotation.
“There aren’t that many people,” he said. “Obviously it is difficult to get frontline players in general. Then again, as far as the budget goes, it just depends on who’s out there and the opportunities we have. We have an ownership group that has shown a commitment to doing what they need to do to make this team as good as they can be. And I don’t think that’s going to change.
“It just makes sense. The things we have to do have to make sense. It’s something that we’ll evaluate each and every player and see what’s out there and what fits and make a decision and see that.” Where does it go?
Maddon said the Angels are still not sure if Ohtani will pitch the final game of the regular season on Sunday. They are waiting to see how Ohtani feels in the coming days. …
Maddon passed Jared Walsh down the order on Tuesday from Ohtani. Maddon was reluctant to let the two lefties hit each other because it would make them more vulnerable to left-handed pitchers. Rangers had a right-handed starter on Tuesday, and Maddon also said he is more willing to experiment when facing another team that is out in the race for the playoffs. “Just take it for a test drive,” Maddon said. “There’s no reason not to do it right now.” …
Third baseman/outfielder Taylor Ward joined the Angels’ taxi squad. Ward missed a lot in the second half while recovering from injury in Triple-A. He can be active at some point in the last week of the season. …
Minassian said pitcher Jaime Barria’s shoulder injury was not serious enough to affect his health for the next season.
Left-hander Reed Deters conceded a run in two innings for Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday. This was his first outing after spending a month on the COVID-related list of the injured. The Angels are undecided whether Detmers will pitch at the majors over the weekend.
Angels (RHP Jenson Junk, 0-1, 3.75 ERA) at Rangers (LHP Taylor Hearn, 6-5, 4.55), Wednesday, 5:05 pm, Bally Sports West, 830 am