A couple words from Jamey Wright on the Dodgers’ season.

Jamey WrightI 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.”

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Dodgers hire Andrew Friedman: The view from Tampa Bay.

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The Dodgers named Andrew Friedman their President, Baseball Operations on Tuesday. (Associated Press photo)


The Dodgers’ poaching of Andrew Friedman from the Tampa Bay Rays’ front office produced a predictable ripple effect in Florida. Call it somewhere between a minor tsunami and a major tidal wave.

How big is losing Friedman to the Rays? “It’s a huge loss,” said the man who’s replacing Friedman, Matt Silverman. Silverman also called the announcement “difficult and emotional.”

Tampa Tribune columnist Martin Fennelly writes that owner Stuart Sternberg — not Friedman, not manager Joe Maddon — is the linchpin to the Rays’ small-market success. Yet another local scribe called Friedman “the Rays’ MVP.”

Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times compiled a list of Friedman’s best and worst transactions as the Rays’ GM.

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Poll: Are the Dodgers a better team today?

Well, you got your wish. Sort of.

In my last poll, I asked which Dodgers coach or executive should be fired. About 94 percent of you thought someone should lose their job and just under half of you thought it should be general manager Ned Colletti. Don Mattingly was a relatively distant second.

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.

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Reports: Houston Astros hire former Dodgers bench coach Trey Hillman.

Former Dodgers bench coach Trey Hillman has been named the Houston Astros’ bench coach by new manager A.J. Hinch, according to multiple reports Tuesday.

Hillman was a roving special assistant for the Yankees last season. He was replaced by Tim Wallach as the bench coach to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly last year.

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Roger Bernadina elects free agency.

Dodgers outfielder Roger Bernadina elected to become a free agent Tuesday and has been removed from the 40-man roster.

Bernadina, 30, was released by the Cincinnati Reds in June and signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers in July. He was added to the 40-man roster in September and appeared in nine games, going 2-for-7 with a home run.

The Dodgers were able to outright Stephen Fife to the minor leagues without his consent Monday, removing the pitcher from the 40-man roster. They couldn’t do the same with Bernadina because he has more than five years of major-league service.

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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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Dodgers outright Stephen Fife off 40-man roster.

Now is the time of year when teams must begin resetting their 40-man rosters.

Impending free agents must be re-signed or left to explore the open market. Arbitration-eligible players must be tendered a new contract by the tender deadline. Players with less than three years’ service time can sit at their phones and wait to hear whether they will be offered a six-figure salary for next season.

Pitcher Stephen Fife was among the six players who ended the season on the 60-day DL. Monday, The Dodgers reinstated Fife from the 60-day DL and outrighted him to Triple-A today, removing him from their 40-man roster.

Fife is unlikely to pitch until 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August. He made one spot start for the Dodgers this season, allowing four runs in six innings in a May game against the Miami Marlins, and appeared in 11 games for Triple-A Albuquerque.

Fife went 2-2 with a 6.34 earned-run average for the Dodgers’ former Triple-A affiliate.

Josh Beckett, Chad Billingsley, Onelki Garcia, Paul Maholm and Chris Withrow also ended the season on the 60-day DL. Maholm and Beckett, who’s already announced his retirement, are set to become free agents. Billingsley has a $14 million team option for 2015 or can be bought out for $3 million.

Garcia and Withrow, who have less than three years’ service time, will likely be brought back. Withrow is also rehabbing his way back from Tommy John surgery. Garcia was a candidate to rejoin the Dodgers’ 40-man roster after pitching in some Double-A games in early September.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu filmed a ramen commercial, and he brought some “teammates.”


Fans who lost the “Chopstick Challenge” competition at Dodger Stadium to Hyun-Jin Ryu, take heart: You lost to someone who is paid to use chopsticks on camera.

You already knew that of course, since Ryu did a Jin Ramen ad solo last year. The best takeaway from the new ad (above) that popped up on YouTube and circled the blogosphere today is that Ryu brought his Dodger teammates. He even brought a few teammates who were cut out of the final edit.

Man, Clayton Kershaw really shrank a few inches in the last week.

A.J. Ellis seems a bit smaller, too.

Is that Trey Hillman? (No seriously, is that Trey Hillman?)

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