Bowden: 5 GMs who helped teams win now

January, 3, 2012
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ESPN.com's Jim Bowden took a look at five general managers who helped their teams win now with offseason moves. Bowden does not include Jon Daniels in his top-5 despite the posting bid for Yu Darvish, but the offseason is not yet over. Here's his list of five, including a little more on his No. 1 choice -- Angels GM Jerry Dipoto:



1. Jerry Dipoto, Los Angeles Angels

In Albert Pujols, the Angels acquired the best power hitter in the game, and they stole left-hander C.J. Wilson, the ace of the division rival Texas Rangers, and slotted him into their rotation behind Jered Weaver and Dan Haren. Dipoto also tendered a contract to first baseman Kendrys Morales, who has recovered from a serious leg injury. Morales offers another possible 100-RBI bat in the lineup with Pujols. Another key acquisition was reliever LaTroy Hawkins, who helped the Brewers win the NL Central in 2011 with critical sixth- and seventh-inning appearances. His veteran leadership should be valuable to a young closer and bullpen. In all, the Angels are poised for the postseason and perhaps to take back the American League West.




The others:

2. Larry Beinfest, president/Mike Hill, GM, Miami Marlins
3. Kevin Towers, Arizona Diamondbacks
4. Walt Jocketty, Cincinnati Reds
5. Mike Rizzo, Washington Nationals
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.97 142 115
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .337
HRA. Beltre 13
RBIA. Beltre 51
RA. Beltre 51
OPSA. Beltre .917
ERAY. Darvish 2.97
SOY. Darvish 142