Angels GM Dipoto meets with Wilson's agent

Angels GM Dipoto meets with Wilson's agent

Angels GM Dipoto meets with Wilson's agent
MILWAUKEE -- Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto promised last week that he would pursue the best starting pitchers available and he delivered that message to the agent for free-agent lefty C.J. Wilson.

"I believe the interest is reciprocated," said Dipoto, who along with assistant GM Scott Servais met with Bob Garber, Wilson's agent, at the General Managers Meetings. "I'm sure we're one of 30 interested in C.J. He's got a lot in front of him and he's earned the right to play the field.

"I'd like to see how it goes. I don't want to express specific interest in any one player. Whether it's Wilson, Mark Buehrle, Hiroki Kuroda, these are some of the best in the world. If you're not interested in some level, you're not human."

Wilson, 31, has been a starter with the Rangers for two seasons. He was 16-7 last year with a 2.94 ERA in 223 1/3 innings, but he was 0-3 in the postseason and has lost his last five postseason decisions. He earned $7.05 million this year, his first as an All-Star.

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Dipoto -- who named former manager Marcel Lachemann as special assistant to the GM and Larry Corrigan and Tim Schmidt Major League special assignment scouts -- also is kicking tires on right-handed relievers to share the load with rookie All-Star Jordan Walden. That field includes Francisco Cordero, Matt Capps, Octavio Dotel and Todd Coffey.

"There are a fair number, less than 10," he said of the relievers that have his interest. "I'm keeping an open mind."

But not so much an open mind when it comes to adding a mega-buck bat like, say, one of those free-agent first basemen named Fielder or Pujols.

"I don't see it right now," he said. "I'm not saying there isn't a high level of respect and intrigue with who they are. But it's not where we're going roster wise. I want to create more balance and I don't know that the right way is to lock up a great deal of capital or limit myself by claiming one of the biggest fish."

Lachemann, 70, returns to the Angels where he previously served as pitching coach (1984-92 and 1997-98) and manager (1994-96). He's worked with Colorado since 2000, the last eight in the same special assistant role. Dipoto pitched for the Rockies.

Corrigan, 61, worked 20 years for the Twins in scouting and player development and the last four in Pittsburgh as special assistant to the GM.

Schmidt, 56, has been a pro scout with Arizona since 2007, working there with Dipoto. He previously worked for the Yankees, Marlins and Mariners.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.