To hear the Angels' Mike Scioscia and Jerry Dipoto tell it, things between them are just fine, the relationship normal for a manager and general manager.
Major-league sources paint quite a different picture of the dynamic between Scioscia, the Angels' manager since 2000, and Dipoto, the team's first-year GM.
And if the Angels fail to make the playoffs for the third straight year, questions about Scioscia's future - questions that arose earlier this season - are certain to increase.
Owner Arte Moreno is dealing with disappointment on two fronts - the possibility that his $159 million team will miss the postseason, and a drop in average home attendance from 39,090 in 2011 to 37,762 in '12 after a spending spree that included the signing of free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols to help improve the club's marketing appeal.
Moreno might simply decide that 2012 was a year of transition; Scioscia had to deal with an ill-fitting roster, an unsettled bullpen and a batting slump by Pujol...