Friedman Says Dodgers Not Likely to Hire General Manager During Offseason

For the past handful of seasons, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been one of the best-run franchises in all of baseball.

When a team is in a stretch of success, other teams around the league try to replicate that blueprint, and one of those methods involves hiring people who’ve participated in that success.

The San Francisco Giants have won three World Series championships this decade, but have missed the playoffs for two consecutive years.

They’re in somewhat of a limbo right now, not fully committed to a rebuild while hoping that their championship core still has a few more great seasons in them despite that recent playoff absence.

The Giants made the decision to fire general manager Bobby Evans this past September after he had served in the role dating back to 2015.

The Giants didn’t win any of their championships with Evans in the general manager position, but he had been their vice president of baseball operations beginning in 2009 and their director of player personnel before that.

Evans certainly deserves credit for helping build those championship squads, but in four years since that last championship and Evans being promoted to general manager, the Giants have only had one playoff appearance.

To replace Evans, the Giants looked to their arch rival, agreeing to hire former Dodgers general manager Farhan Zahidi for that same role.

The Dodgers are choosing to take their time in finding a replacement for Zahidi, though, and the position is not expected to be filled this offseason.

Pedro Moura of The Athletic was one of the first to report that Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said that a hiring search for a new general manager will not take place this offseason.

Friedman is the top decision maker within the Dodgers front office structure, and he has a very capable staff of baseball minds working underneath him.

Given the talented people working with Friedman, the general manager role remaining open for a longer period of time shouldn’t really make a huge impact on the state of the franchise.

When the time does come for the Dodgers to initiate a hiring process for the role, they’re not going to have troubling attracting some of the best executives.

The Dodgers have made two consecutive World Series appearances and arguably have one of the most talented rosters in baseball.

They’re in great position with this core of players to compete for NL West titles for at least the next handful of seasons, which is a great draw for a new general manager.

The Dodgers have what many around the league consider to be a top-ten farm system as well, so there are certainly some intriguing reinforcements on the horizon.

They also have a huge payroll at their disposal, so not only are they always in a good position to retain their own players, but also attract premier free agents.

The Dodgers are an elite team right now, have the farm system to suggest they’ll remain that way for a while, and have the economic resources to add great pieces to the club.

It’s certainly one of the most attractive general manager jobs in baseball, so when Friedman begins actively looking for a new general manager, he’s not going to have a problem filling that role with a great candidate.

 

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More Thoughts on the Dodgers’ Front Office and Luxury Tax Threshold

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Earlier this week, news came out that the Dodgers‘ front office was looking to keep the team under the luxury tax for the next four years.

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Dodgers Management: Is Extending Dave Roberts a Good or Bad Thing?

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Yesterday, Ian shed some light on the announcement that the Dodgers decided to exercise their 2019 team option on skipper Dave Roberts. This came after many folks familiar with the situation anticipated that a four-year extension was imminent. Admittedly, boss Andrew Friedman has been bogged down with human resources duties, but many are still left wondering if Roberts’ future is secure in Los Angeles.

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Dodgers 25-Man Roster: What’s Next on Andrew Friedman’s Wish List?

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Of course, the ultimate aspiration for a baseball boss is to bring home an MLB Championship to his organization. But, building a competitive player roster is the first step of the process, and despite a few early signs from the Dodgers possibly staying quiet over the winter, Andrew Friedman and his troops have lately been busy on the phones in their quests for personnel upgrades. The question lingering now is, how many more moves will the management crew make before players begin reporting to spring camp?

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How Will Dodgers Create a Roster Spot for Rich Hill?

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The good news is that Rich Hill‘s blister issues weren’t as serious as some initially perceived, as the veteran lefty is set to take the mound in the Dodgers‘ third contest of a four-game set against the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon.

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Dodgers Bullpen: Ross Stripling’s 25-Man Roster Chances Are Improving

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While quite a number of spots on the Dodgers‘ 25-man roster are presumably set in stone, the bullpen is still a complex gray area that’s loaded with plenty of question marks. Yet after the dust finally settles at the end of March, versatile righty Ross Stripling may have found a spot among the big league relief corps.

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Dodgers Bullpen: Grant Dayton May Be on Verge of Breakthrough Season

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With all the speculation surrounding which roles certain players will fill in the bullpen for the upcoming campaign, it’s a bit tough to forecast the level of success for the relief crew of the Dodgers moving into the 2017 season.

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Dodgers Trade Rumors: What’s Next on Andrew Friedman’s Wish List?

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Despite the unusually high number of player trades orchestrated by president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers over the winter months, many of the deals, excluding the acquisition of Logan Forsythe, have been that of the low profile variety. Yet after continuing to add to the bottomless pit of talent on the Los Angeles farm, many fans are beginning to wonder if the management crew may be on the verge of cashing in on a potential blockbuster.

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Dodgers Roster: The Reasons Behind the Veteran NRI

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It seems like it happens almost every winter. This time around, it just happened a little bit later. The Dodgers go shopping and sign a couple of scrappy veteran players to come in and join what is projected to be an otherwise crowded spring camp.

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Dodgers Management: A Detailed Look at Andrew Friedman

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