Thursday Halolinks - DiPoto Makes His First Trade, Lands Iannetta

Hey, did you hear? The Angels made a trade yesterday. Yeah, they dealt Tyler Chatwood to Colorado for Chris Iannetta. Here's what people are saying:

Los Angeles Times has this great quote about who DiPoto feels is his starting rotation (for now)-
Angels get catcher Chris Iannetta from Rockies for Tyler Chatwood
. "Giving up Tyler wasn't easy, but you have to give to get, and catching is very tough to come by," Dipoto said. "If you've got [Jered] Weaver, [Dan] Haren, [Ervin] Santana, [Jerome] Williams and [Garrett] Richards, you're not going in empty-handed. This was more reflective of how tough it is to find catching."

The OC Register includes this quote about the catching situation -
Angels trade Chatwood for catcher Iannetta. "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it," Dipoto said when asked about Mathis' future with the team.

Lyle Spencer at doesn't want us to forget about Mathis' defense -
The Angels acquired catcher Chris Iannetta from the Rockies in exchange for righty Tyler Chatwood.
Mathis and Wilson are candidates to be traded. Mathis, who will be eligible for free agency after the 2012 season, shared the catching job with Mike Napoli for four seasons and excelled defensively, ranking among the best in the game with the glove.

NBC HardballTalk likes the deal for the Angels -
The new Angels are smarter than the old Rockies.
So, score one for the Angels and new GM Jerry DiPoto here. The upgrade from Jeff Mathis to Iannetta behind the plate should net them three wins or so next year.

And so does FanGraphs -
Angels Acquire Iannetta.
While Iannetta is a massive upgrade over Mathis, his acquisition also signals an organization change by the Angels. When Jerry DiPoto was hired, he talked about the importance of on-base percentage and upgrading the catcher position. In that regard, Iannetta looks like the perfect fit for the new regime. Iannetta also comes relatively cheap, and should easily outperform his $3.55 million salary as long as he receives adequate playing time.

While Bugs & Cranks doesn't -
Iannetta to Make Strides … Elsewhere
. Iannetta was either walking to first base or walking back to the dugout. The bat was just for show, or the occasional pop-up to the second baseman or double-play ball.

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