Injury changes Dipoto's offseason approach

Injury changes Dipoto's offseason approach

ANAHEIM -- One of the unfortunate circumstances of Tyler Skaggs' impending Tommy John surgery -- and there are plenty of them -- is the timing.

Skaggs' injury occurred late in the afternoon of July 31, roughly four hours after the non-waiver Trade Deadline came and went, leaving the Angels with only the August waiver wire in hopes of adding to a starting rotation that can now use some help.

"August is what it is," general manager Jerry Dipoto said of a time when pitchers must clear waivers before getting traded. "The idea in August is you have the opportunity to help your club out, but you can't change the fortunes of an organization in a short period of time."

Dipoto said Skaggs' injury, which will keep him out until the start of the 2016 season, "certainly changes our approach for the winter as far as being cognizant of that back-of-the-rotation swing guy on a shorter contract."

But he doesn't expect them to be a player for top-of-the-rotation arms like free agents Max Scherzer or Jon Lester.

"Our model is what you are looking at," Dipoto said. "We feel like we have front men, we have middle men, we have back-of-the-rotation starters. We will try to create as much depth as we can, both with back-of-the-rotation starters and bullpen.

"I don't know too many circumstances where your young starter gets hurt and you are compelled to go chase the top of the market. We'll stay focused on the type of model we've set up."

That model includes a very deep bullpen, which was bolstered by the additions of Jason Grilli and Huston Street, and a starting rotation built around Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Garrett Richards. The Angels need Wilson to bounce back from the 11.03 ERA he's posted over his past six starts, will hope Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago continue to pitch well, and will look to left-hander Wade LeBlanc as their first option out of Triple-A.

The Halos look to the waiver wire for potential depth, but they can't necessarily count on much.

"This is how we were built," Dipoto said. "It was working very well. Unfortunately, we can't protect ourselves from every injury."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.