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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Bowden: 5 GMs who helped teams win now

By Richard Durrett

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