Andrew Friedman added some more hardware to his trophy case on Tuesday after being named MLB’s 2020 Executive of the Year.
This made Friedman the third recipient of the award, as the award debuted after the 2018 season.
Friedman beat out two other finalists—Rick Hahn of the White Sox and Erik Neander of the Rays. The votes were cast by all 30 Major League clubs prior to the start of the postseason.
The 2020 version of the Dodgers assembled by Friedman was the best from start to finish. They won 43 games, the most in the 60-game shortened season. As well as leading the league in home runs with 118, the club had a loaded pitching staff that led the majors in ERA with 3.02.
Since 2014, Friedman has held the position of President of Baseball Operations. He brought a World Series title to the Dodgers after years of many division titles, as well as plenty of big trades and signings.
Dennis put together a detailed profile of Friedman several seasons ago.
Part of the reason the Dodgers have been able to stay in contention for such a long period of time is the way the organization has handled its young prospects. Their ability to draft key pieces that have become staples in the system is part of the reason they finally produced a championship team.
The front office has also been reluctant to trade away young prospects when being in pursuit of superstar players.
Players such as Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, and Walker Buehler were all wanted by teams when the Dodgers were pursuing the likes of Brian Dozier, J.T. Realmuto, and others. Much of the homegrown talent that Friedman and his staff have developed and held onto was at the keystone of the pennant this year.
But more than anything, the biggest splash was trading for Mookie Betts this offseason. Not only did Friedman pull of the blockbuster for Betts, he also signed the superstar to a 12-year, $365 million extension, basically securing Betts in Los Angeles for the rest of his baseball career. Betts was a huge acquisition for the Dodgers and finished second in National League MVP voting.
Since Friedman arrived in 2014, the Dodgers have made the playoffs every year, a streak that also has seen eight straight division titles, the third-best in Major League history.
After many years of ups and downs, it is nice to see Friedman be recognized for the team he and the front office have assembled that have made the Dodgers huge favorites year in and year out.