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Tony Reagins Reportedly Knew Blue Jays Would Trade Mike Napoli to Rangers

I don’t even have words to explain how much I’m fuming right now. We’ve already been over how Mike Napoli’s unbelievable season cost former Angels GM Tony Reagins his job more than Vernon Wells’ failures in Anaheim. Now I have to hear that Reagins not only gave up Napoli in an awful trade with Toronto, but that he had a good idea they would flip him to Texas.

In a column published on MLB.com Sunday evening, Peter Gammons says “former general manager Tony Reagins confided that he had a pretty good idea that when he traded Mike Napoli to Toronto that the Blue Jays would likely flip him to Texas.”

You know what’s worse than acquiring the worst contract in baseball while seeing one of the players you traded blow up? Trading said player while knowing he was going to end up with your main competition for the division title. That just shows you how little the Angels thought of Napoli, regardless of what Mike Scioscia says. And if Tony Reagins knew the Rangers were likely to acquire Mike Napoli from Toronto, then there is no doubt he deserved to lose his job for making such an awful trade.

via OC Angels Blog

Mike Napoli, More Than Vernon Wells, May Have Cost Tony Reagins His Job

Tony Reagins is out as the general manager of the Angels after taking over the position in October, 2007. What’s sad, is that much like his predecessor, Bill Stoneman, Angels fans are celebrating the news of his demotion. Fans never want to celebrate the firing of a front office executive because that generally correlates to the team performing poorly. That was the case for the Angels, who missed the playoffs two straight years for the first time during Arte Moreno’s tenure as team owner.

The baseball world first questioned Reagins’ sanity when he traded for Vernon Wells, who had perhaps the worst contract in the entire league. Taking a chance on the former All-Star may have been a worthwhile pursuit if the team were getting a discount, but Reagins unfathomably took on Wells’ contract without asking for any compensation in return.

Not only were the Angels stuck with the remaining four years and $84 million left on Vernon’s deal, but they also GAVE AWAY players in return. When Tony Reagins is getting robbed, he doesn’t just give the burglars what they want, he shows them the safe and hands them the combination, too. The Angels inexplicably gave Toronto Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli, a decision that in my opinion, cost Reagins his job.

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