Angels will pass on former Draft pick Locker

Dipoto says club not interested in retiring NFL quarterback

Angels will pass on former Draft pick Locker

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Angels will pass on Jake Locker, thank you very much.

Locker, still only 26, announced his retirement from an injury-plagued career as an NFL quarterback on Tuesday. The Angels selected Locker in the 10th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, signing the two-sport star for $300,000 even though he was focused primarily on football because they'd hold his rights as a baseball player until August 2015.

But Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto, who didn't arrive until November 2011, doesn't see a fit.

"We're not interested in him as a baseball player," Dipoto said. "We're going to focus on the guys we have. We have enough going on."

Locker was a star pitcher, outfielder, quarterback and defensive back at Ferndale High School in Washington. The Angels originally drafted him in the 40th round in '06, but Locker didn't sign so he could play quarterback at the University of Washington. They drafted him again three years later, even though Locker hadn't played baseball regularly since high school.

Locker considered baseball merely as a fallback option, so he remained in college for two more seasons, was drafted eighth overall by the Tennessee Titans in 2011, started only 12 games from 2013-14 and hung it up while in the early stages of free agency.

The Angels signed Locker under former GM Tony Reagins, while Dipoto was working in the D-backs' front office.

"I knew his background only because he was a baseball prospect, football guy," Dipoto said. "We weren't really on him when I was in Arizona. Generally with the two-sport guys who we don't think they have interest in being a baseball player we don't waste our time."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.