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Dodgers sign Andrew Friedman to extension

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Over the weekend, the Dodgers signed president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman to a contract extension, Jon Heyman reported. Details of the contract are not yet known but his previous deal was for $35 million over five years (then a record), so his new contract figures to be better than that.

Friedman, 43, joined the Dodgers after the 2014 season. His five seasons in Los Angeles have been some of the best in Dodgers history as the club won 104 games in 2017 and a franchise record 106 games this past season. The Dodgers reached the World Series in back-to-back years in 2017-18 but lost both times to the Astros and Red Sox.

Friedman was part of the Rays organization from 2004-14, serving initially as the director of baseball development for the first two years before being named GM. He helped the Rays reach the postseason for the first time in franchise history in 2008, ultimately losing the World Series to the Phillies. The Rays, in fact, made the postseason four times in six years from 2008-13 despite operating with one of baseball’s lowest payrolls.

Despite having access to much more money with the Dodgers, Friedman’s front office has been relatively frugal. They have re-signed players but outfielder A.J. Pollock (four years, $55 million) has been the club’s biggest expenditure on outside talent. The Dodgers plan to stay under the competitive balance tax threshold through at least 2022.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.