Following the Dodgers’ ouster from the NLDS, we heard multiple reports yesterday that general manager Ned Colletti could be on the hot seat. And an interesting name has surfaced if they decide to move on.
Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times writes that their “top target appears to be” Rays executive VP of baseball operations/general manager Andrew Friedman. If that doesn’t send shivers down the spine of every other team in the National League West, it should.
Widely regarded as one of the best executives in the game, Friedman has enjoyed great success during his nine-year run at the helm of the Rays despite one of the lowest payrolls in the majors. Imagine what he could do with big bucks in Los Angeles? Granted, Plaschke writes that the Dodgers’ payroll is expected to drop from $240 million to the $185-190 million range next season, but it’s fair to say that Friedman would be able to get by just fine with that.
The Dodgers would likely offer Friedman big money to make the jump, but it’s worth noting that he turned down opportunities with the Angels and Astros just two offseasons ago. Who knows if he’d go this time either. We’re probably getting a bit ahead of ourselves here since Colletti is still employed, but it’s an interesting possibility to think about at the very least.
UPDATE: This doesn’t have anything to do with Friedman, but Mike Petriello brought up a good point on Twitter about how it’s unlikely that the Dodgers will be able to get their payroll down to $185-190 million as Plaschke writes.