Angels GM Minasian will look at ‘opportunities’ for team’s roster

General Manager Perry Minasian, who is determined to improve his team but unsure of where his efforts will take him, has not addressed the potential sale of his team. Minasian said he remained focused only on making the Angels better.

“It’s business as usual for me,” Minasian said during his season-ending press conference at Angel Stadium on Thursday. It was the first time Minasian spoke to reporters since current owner Arte Moreno revealed he had hired a firm to begin investigating the possible sale of the team. “Nothing changes. I believe ownership, I know ownership still wants to put a good team on the field. And I expect a significant improvement.

“For me, my everyday life is the same,” he continued. “It’s obsessed with how we can make the club better? And how are we in a position that a year from now I’m going to be sitting here talking about the postseason roster and who’s picking Game 1 and all of that stuff. That is the focus.”

During the hour-long session, Minasian took responsibility for the team’s shortcomings in his second year as GM and provided a lengthy list of areas where the team needs improvement and the different ways those improvements can be made.

“It’s on me,” he said. “I need to make the roster better. I must [get] more players. We have to make the players we have better. We have to keep developing young players. I think we’ve made a positive step in that direction, but again I’m very confident that we can improve this team.”

He did not provide any specific information, but used the term “possibilities” to answer some questions.

For example, when asked if he needed to know his budget to create the squad, he said: “It’s opportunities. So what options are there and what we think are the right steps to take, we will present those options to the owners.”

When asked if he needed a higher payroll to build a better team, he said: “Again, this is about opportunities. There are opportunities where zero to three become commercially available. There is no specific pay number that will win or lose you. It’s decision making. And I have to make better decisions. I’m well aware of that. I know that and that’s what we intend to do.”

Angels' Jo Adell puts a cowboy hat on Mike Trout, who hit a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics.

Angels’ Jo Adell (7) puts a cowboy hat on Mike Trout (27), who hit a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning Wednesday in Oakland.

(Godofredo A. Vasquez / Associated Press)

When asked about his ability to land multi-year deals with a potential change of ownership, he said: “Again, I think it’s just possibilities based on what’s out there. I’ve had multi-year deals in the past which we saw as good opportunities at the time and I don’t see that changing. The message I got from the communication is: let’s make this team better.”

Since news of the investigation into the team’s potential sale, Minasian has struck a one-year, $30 million deal with Shohei Ohtani, avoided arbitration, and extended Phil Nevin to one-year acting as the team’s full-time manager.

Minasian doesn’t usually talk about contract negotiations and would not say if a long-term renewal for Ohtani was in talks, nor if a change of ownership would affect a renewal.

“All I can say is that he’s very respected,” Minasian said. “And I think that’s something we’ve shown with what we’ve agreed. We love the player and nothing would make me happier than bringing him back.”

The length of Nevin’s contract, he said, was comfortable for a person who has already earned the clubhouse’s respect, adding: “It gives someone an opportunity to see where it’s going next year and from there .”

What all this means if or when a sale occurs will not be known for some time. When asked if he would even have an opportunity to share his prospects for the future of the Angels with potential owners, he reiterated: “I am not involved in these discussions. … Thinking about other things that are out of my control takes away what I need to do.

“We’re going to take the next few weeks and really go through everything and come up with a plan and be opportunistic and prepare for the off-season.” Angels GM Minasian will look at ‘opportunities’ for team’s roster

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