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  1. It's not that easy for the scouts to just go along with a GM. They are almost all on 1-year contracts, and have their long-term reputations to be concerned about. It's not so easy for them to hitch their star on just 1 GM. If they were just "yes-mean", that's all their career would be. Personally, if I owned a team, I'd more than double my scouting budget, pay top dollar for the best scouts (I'd do the same for the player development people and minor league managers/coaches), and would reap the rewards.
  2. Thanks. In part 2, I will talk a lot more about the process of how trade discussions start and get done, but I can't mention any specific player or teams. Rest assured, the process is in overdrive right now, and large amounts of discussions are happening on an hourly basis.
  3. Ultimately, the GM will be held accountable for all trades or non-trades, to say that the final decision rests solely there is not accurate. Many players have limited trade protection or full non-trade agreements. The deal can be done and the player nixes it. That's not the GM's fault, even if the GM will be held accountable. A deal can be done, but slightly takes the team over on payroll, and it gets nixed by ownership. Or, ownership can override a GM to make a move for a variety of factors other than the most sound baseball decision. The deal can be agreed to in theory, and when medicals are exchanged, the medical staff, which gets additional information won't sign off anymore. Similarly, deals can be close to done and an injury happened in the meantime that makes one team back out or no longer interested in making the trade. The injury might not have to be a part of the trade, but, if an injury to another player forces a team to go in a different direction, that happens. As @JeffFletcherOCR pointed out, there are 30 teams all working to improve, and a new possibility opens up, and one team goes in a different direction. Basically there are so many working and moving parts to any deal, it truly is amazing when they all come together to result in a trade. It's not as easy as so many armchair GMs want it to be, even if they do an extensive analysis to come up with a "fair" trade. While I love reading trade proposals, especially those from @Ettin, and am always checking for Angels rumors, the more it seems that fans need to understand how much more complicated the whole process is of making a trade.
  4. When one group/individual overrides many or all of the other groups/individuals that I identified, you get things like the Wells deal. Talk with enough people in the industry, and you'll hear stories about deals like that for almost every club. It's not just the Angels. There are many factors as to why it happens. And it does happen in every organization.
  5. His mental makeup is off the charts, like that of Jam Jones. Both of them are mature beyond their years, especially in terms of understanding the game, and the necessary work they need to put in to be successful at it. Every scout I've talked to about them always talk about that as one of their defining characteristics, and keys to their success.
  6. Welcome aboard Steve! Good first article. I'm looking forward to reading more of your stuff.
  7. Eppler also talked about how much of an important part of the club that Ohtani is and that they always want to have as much of the 25 man roster that left Spring Training together. Eppler didn't want to speak on behalf of Ohtani or put words in his mouth, but knows that not playing doesn't sit well with Ohtani's hunger to play the game. That is pretty much how the presser ended.
  8. Eppler was asked if Ohtani had received any other treatments. Eppler said that Ohtani has received the biological treatments from 3 weeks ago and nothing since.
  9. Eppler.was asked if hitting will further endanger Ohtani's ligament. Eppler said that he asked that question to the doctors a number of ways. The doctor feels comfortable with Ohtani beginning his hitting progression.
  10. Eppler.was.asked.if Ohtani will join the team on the road. Eppler said it remains to be determined. Ohtani is day by day. He will do BP today and is scheduled for BP tomorrow.
  11. Eppler was asked of Ohtani needs TJ surgery. Here is his direct quote. "No doctor has told me (Eppler) that Shohei needs surgical intervention at this time."
  12. Eppler.was asked. If Ohtani could be a better hitter than we have seen so far if he just concentrates on that. Eppler replied that it remains to be seen. Only time will tell.
  13. Eppler was asked how ligaments heal and he said scabbing and then scarring. And, for Doc, he was asked if there was healing and the answer several times was yes.
  14. Will it be a minor league rehab? No. His progression is a return to play progression which will be done in a "private" and "controlled" manner. Why? It's what we determined to do. Minor League games are controlled by the rules of the game. It's not a Minor League Spring Training game. In this setting Ohtani won't have to wait to hit, etc.. On addition, Eppler added that the decision was also based on Ohtani DHing, and not having to play defense.