Jerry Dipoto said this week's general managers meetings were "like a setup," a chance to meet agents and GMs in the casual atmosphere of an Indian Wells resort and lay the groundwork for potential free-agent signings and trades, not to consummate deals.
"We tried to digest as much information as we could," the Angels GM said.
Some of that information might be hard to stomach. One report said pitcher Zack Greinke, the Angels' top winter target, is seeking a six-year, 150-million deal. Another said pitcher Anibal Sanchez, a quality right-hander but part of a not-so-appealing group of second-tier free-agent starters, wants six years and 90 million.
Dipoto, who would like to acquire at least two front-line starting pitchers, was neither scared off by nor overly concerned about what might be perceived as a sudden spike in the market.
"You're always going to get inflated expectations at the start of the off-season, not just for free agents but in t...