When you hear a general manager (like Ned Colletti) or a President, Baseball Operations (like Andrew Friedman) or a President/CEO (like Stan Kasten) tout the importance of drafting and developing, it’s not just hot air.
Since neither team is a large-market franchise, you wouldn’t expect them to have signed a majority of their players as major-league free agents. But it’s an object lesson in what the Dodgers are striving to be, in contrast to what they are today.
Game 1 of the World Series begins at 5 p.m. tonight on Fox.
To do so, the article suggests, the Tigers might trade Price to the Dodgers for outfielder Matt Kemp, with the Dodgers eating a portion of the five years and $107 million left on Kemp’s contract.
It’s a juicy idea. New Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman was Price’s GM in Tampa Bay. The Dodgers have wanted Price since they drafted him out of high school in 2004. The amateur scouting director who drafted Price then (Logan White) is still with the Dodgers, though a few other teams have caught on to Price’s talent in the last 10 years.
For now there is more sizzle than steak. It’s a rumor — a blockbuster fantasy trade proposal for real life.
The only thing we know for sure is that Friedman never had to deal with this many guaranteed long-term contracts in Tampa. We don’t know how he will deal with them in Los Angeles.
Kemp might have been the Dodgers’ best outfielder last season, but Price is a year away from free agency. And on Friday, Friedman said “it’s really important to do as much as you can to put yourself in position to pay for what a player will do, not necessarily what they have done.” Trading Kemp for Price could achieve that.
Bryan Minniti, the former Washington Nationals assistant general manager who’s been mentioned in connection with the Dodgers’ vacant GM job (see here and here), is a front-runner to become an assistant GM with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to this tweet Saturday:
Sources: Bryan Minniti has interviewed with #DBacks for assistant general manager role and is “frontrunner” to get the job. @FOXSports
In case you missed my piece on Andrew Friedman’s front office in Tampa, and how the Dodgers’ front office might evolve under their new President, Baseball Operations, here it is.
In choosing the narrative I chose — comparing the Dodgers’ front office under Fred Claire to their front office under Ned Colletti to the Rays’ front office under Friedman — I ignored what you might call some “inconvenient truths.” It’s not so much that I ignored them; there just wasn’t space to properly acknowledge them and still write a story that you would want to read.
The Freeway Series will begin Thursday April 2 and Friday, April 3 in Anaheim (both games are at 7 p.m.). On Saturday, April 4, the series shifts to Dodger Stadium; the time of that game hasn’t been announced yet.
The regular season begins for both clubs on Monday, April 6.
In Cactus League play, the Dodgers will host the Angels at Camelback Ranch on Thursday, March 19 at 1 p.m., and visit the Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Saturday, March 28 at 1 p.m.
I spoke to Jamey Wright, the Dodgers pitcher and former Tampa Bay Ray, for a piece about Andrew Friedman that you’ll read soon. We were talking about Friedman, and the team he would be inheriting, when Wright volunteered a couple thoughts on this Dodgers team and the 2014 season.
These didn’t really fit with the rest of the Friedman story, so here they are:
“It’s a frustrating team to watch, a blessing and a curse, to have so many former all-stars,” Wright said. “We lose a couple and play awful, then when we won a game the atmosphere was ‘we’re the best team in baseball’ — thinking we had talent and teams were going to roll over and let us beat them.
“I’m still trying to figure out why I’m at home right now and not in San Francisco.”
Thursday morning, we awoke to find a Dodger team with no general manager, Andrew Friedman as President of Baseball Operations, and Colletti serving Friedman and Stan Kasten in an advisory capacity. (If you slept through Wednesday, here’s the full story.)
The question now: Are the Dodgers a better team today than they were yesterday? Leave a comment below once you’ve voted.