"I don't like your last couple of drafts." With those words, the Angels sent former scouting director Eddie Bane packing back in 2010.
It's 2013. The Halos' season is a smattering of bright spots amidst a sea of puke-hued sewage. When you see one of those bright spots, odds are Bane put the player in a Halos' uniform. He scouted and signed a total of seven position players and seven pitchers on the current club. Together, those guys have contributed 13.8 WAR (9.8 wins from the position players, and 4.0 wins from the pitchers).
The 14 position players and 17 pitchers that Dipoto put on the field -- including two solid up the middle players that he inherited and a sure thing Hall-Of-Famer -- have combined for a total of 9 WAR (6.9 for the hitters, 2.1 for the pitchers). That's .3 wins per player, compared to Bane's ~1 win or so per player. Even if you took Mike Trout out of the equation (and why would you do that?), Bane's guys remain nearly twice as productive.
There's also the pool of cost-controlled talent that Eddie Bane gathered over the years to consider. You know, the one that the organization pissed away over a series of increasingly ill-conceived trades and releases? Exiled pitchers Patrick Corbin, Tyler Skaggs, Alex Torres, Tyler Chatwood, Darren O'Day, Jordan Walden, Miguel Gonzalez, Will Smith, Sean O'Sullivan and Johnny Hellweg have combined for 10.2 pitching WAR. Position players Jean Segura, Kendrys Morales, Alexi Amarista, and Sean Rodriguez have created 7.8 WAR total for their respective clubs.
Together, the 28 Angels or would-be-Angels for whom Eddie Bane is responsible have created 31.7 WAR in 2013. All non-Eddie-Bane related Angels -- 31 total players, including Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar, whose signings predated Bane's tenure -- have created 9 WAR.
Add money to the equation and things get even more stupid. Bane's guys cost their respective organizations an average of $1.16 million per WAR. Those other guys on the Angels' roster? $11.85 million per WAR. Bane's core contributes more than three times the aggregate value, and at a tenth of the cost.
Oh, and should we mention that our top two prospects, and four of our current top ten, are also Eddie Bane products? After 3 years worth of drafts and international signing periods since he left?
With Eddie Bane's help, this organization built a foundation of talent that should have extended the late Stoneman-era dynasty by half a decade. The Halos fired him. For years, they've hemorrhaged the value that he accumulated. And now they're flatlining.
Stats come courtesy of Baseball Reference. Dollar figures are courtesy of Cots Baseball Contracts.