Front office hot stove: Josh Byrnes is hanging out with Stan Kasten in Arizona.

Several Dodgers prospects are playing in the Arizona Fall League this month for the Glendale Desert Dogs. So it’s no surprise that team president and CEO Stan Kasten would be in Arizona this week.

What might raise an eyebrow — we’re qualifying this as news with about 45 minutes left before the World Series begins — is that Kasten is reportedly hanging out with former Diamondbacks and Padres general manager Josh Byrnes:

Byrnes has been mentioned as a possible candidate to succeed Ned Colletti as the Dodgers’ general manager. The team hasn’t made an official announcement since Andrew Friedman announced Friday that he intended to hire someone to fill the position.

Dodgers hire Andrew Friedman, name Ned Colletti senior advisor.

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Ned Colletti will remain with the Dodgers as a senior advisor to Stan Kasten. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

The Dodgers hired longtime Tampa Bay Rays general manager Andrew Friedman as their new president of baseball operations Tuesday, while retaining former general manager Ned Colletti as a Senior Advisor to Stan Kasten.

Friedman, 37, is expected to hold a press conference at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. He had been the Rays’ general manager since 2005 and built four playoff teams since 2008 with a payroll that ranked no higher than 27th in baseball.

“Andrew Friedman is one of the youngest and brightest minds in the game today and we are very fortunate to have him join our organization,” Kasten said in a statement released by the team. “The success he has had over the past nine years in molding the Tampa Bay Rays team has been incredible.”

The front-office shakeup leaves the Dodgers without a general manager for the moment, which is likely to change soon. Kasten’s title could also change. He had been the Dodgers’ President and CEO since joining the front office in 2012.

“Ned Colletti has played a major role in the success of the Los Angeles Dodgers over the last nine years and I’m thrilled that we are able to retain him as a special advisor to me,” Kasten said in a statement. “Ned’s knowledge and experience in the game covering 33 years will be a great asset to the club as we continue to add and build our player development system.”

Here’s more on Friedman from the Rays’ media guide:

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Hyun-Jin Ryu throws 45-pitch simulated game with no pain.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a 45-pitch simulated game Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu threw a 45-pitch simulated game Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

According to a team spokesperson,

Ryu was at his normal velocity and used all of his pitches with no problems before, during or after with his shoulder. He will be re-examined tomorrow to determine how the shoulder responded. Ryu faced several Dodger hitters, including Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, Dee Gordon and Scott Van Slyke.

No word on how the batters fared, but how the pitcher’s shoulder feels tomorrow is probably more important. Ryu is a potential Game 3 starter in the National League Division Series if he’s healthy. If he isn’t, expect Dan Haren to take the assignment.

Dodgers buy a stake in KLAC (570-AM), renew radio broadcast rights.

The Dodgers and iHeartMedia announced a multi-year agreement Tuesday renewing KLAC’s (570-AM) rights to Dodgers regular season games, select spring training games and potential postseason games. 

In addition, the new partnership will include an equity position in the station for the Dodgers owners as well as the opportunity for collaborative programming.

“We are looking forward to expanding KLAC’s content in this new partnership for our passionate and loyal fan base,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said in a statement released by the team. “We will be teaming up with the fantastic creative team at iHeartMedia on a number of projects and initiatives, to enhance our fans engagement.  And what better team to tell the story than from broadcast talent of Vin (Scully), Rick (Monday) and Charley (Steiner).”

The agreement is subject to Major League Baseball approval.

Here’s more from the Dodgers’ press release:

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MLB announces start times for Games 1 and 2 of NLDS.

MLB has announced the start times for the first two games of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium.

Game 1 will be at 3:37 p.m. Friday, televised on Fox Sports 1. Game 2 will be at 6:37 p.m. Saturday, televised on MLB Network.

Neither game will be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.

The start times for Games 3, 4 and 5 have yet to be announced.

Update (3:27 p.m.) The Dodgers announced that Vin Scully will call the first three and last three innings of each playoff game, home and away. Charley Steiner and Rick Monday will call the middle three innings on radio, the same arrangement as the 2013 postseason.

Bob Costas, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal are on the call for Game 2.

Russell Martin, Jonathan Broxton help Dodgers secure playoff berth.


Jonathan Broxton allowed a three-run home run to Russell Martin in the eighth inning, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

The Pirates’ victory means the Dodgers can finish no worse than in a tie with the Milwaukee Brewers for the final wild-card position.

Coincidentally, it was two former Dodgers who combined to get their former team into the playoffs.

The current Dodgers had no interest in celebrating Friday night.

“We want the NL West,” outfielder Matt Kemp said. “I wouldn’t mind having the best record in the National League.”

Dodgers pitcher Carlos Frias suffers historically bad start.

DENVER >> Dodgers pitcher Carlos Frias became the first pitcher in the modern era to allow 10 hits while getting less than three outs Wednesday. The Dodgers are trailing the Colorado Rockies 9-0 in the third inning.

Frias, starting in place of injured left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, allowed 10 hits and six runs in two-thirds of an inning before he was relieved by Scott Elbert.

Prior to the game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly complimented Frias’ willingness to attack the strike zone.

“He’s not afraid to go out there and throw it over,” Mattingly said. “Early on he gave up a couple homers. He went right back out there and was still on the attack. He doesn’t seem to be afraid at all. He tends to be fearless.”

Frias did not walk a batter.

Other than that, he did exactly the opposite of what the manager was looking for:

Frias threw 38 pitches. All were four-seam fastballs or cut fastballs.

The Rockies had never scored eight runs in the first inning of a game in their 22-year history.

Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu doubtful for Wednesday start, will get MRI exam Monday.

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Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, center, will get an MRI on his left shoulder Monday in Los Angeles. (Associated Press photo)


SAN FRANCISCO >> Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu met with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache here Saturday, one day after inflammation in his left shoulder forced him to leave the Dodgers’ 9-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants after one inning.

ElAttrache ordered an MRI on Ryu’s left shoulder, and the pitcher wait until Monday in Los Angeles to get that done.

“They could’ve done the MRI (here) but they weren’t confident — the regular Giants guys were gone,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

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Report: Florida man arrested in Yasiel Puig smuggling case.

miniPuigFrom the Associated Press:

A South Florida man has been arrested for his alleged role in a smuggling venture that brought Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba, according to court records.

The records show Gilberto Suarez is scheduled to make an initial appearance Thursday in Miami federal court on a charge of alien smuggling. Suarez was arrested Wednesday and it wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.

The indictment against Suarez remained sealed before the hearing, but a civil lawsuit filed in Miami against Puig contains details about him.

Those documents describe Suarez as one of the Miami-based men who financed Puig’s 2012 trip by boat from Cuba to Isla Mujeres, a fishing village near Cancun, Mexico. The initial price for the trip was $250,000, then was raised by the smugglers to $400,000.

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