Andrew Friedman is inclined to stick with Don Mattingly as Dodgers manager

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Guy was just announced as the Dodgers president of baseball operations an hour ago, but a lot of people have already started wondering if Andrew Friedman would stick with Don Mattingly as manager. Some have speculated about prying Joe Maddon away from the Rays — though he is under contract and would require compensation.

Initial reports, however, suggest that Mattingly will keep his job:

I imagine part of this is contingent on having a conversation with Mattingly about, you know, playing your best players in playoff elimination games, which Mattingly did not do in the deciding game of the NLDS.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.