Andrew Friedman looks to put the kibosh any silly speculation immediately:
Andrew Friedman: Don Mattingly will manage the #Dodgers next season. Joe Maddon’s availability won’t change that.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) October 24, 2014
Of course, my silly speculation allows for Mattingly to manage the Dodgers in 2015, so . . .
OK, fine. It’s kind of crazy. And people who know more about such things than me, like Ken Rosenthal, say that Chicago is a more likely destination. Which would be sort of awkward too given that their manager, Rick Renteria, has only had the job for a year and experienced what I think most people would say is progress and success, given the circumstances.
Maddon’s agent said he’ll manage in 2015. So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. And maybe speculate and spitball a bit.
UPDATE: Friedman has expanded on his comments, issuing an official statement:
Dodgers release statement from Andrew Friedman on Joe Maddon’s departure from Tampa Bay: pic.twitter.com/2OeBLAMYXV
— Jaime Maggio (@jaimemaggio) October 24, 2014