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.
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.
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:
Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier might never make it as an actor, but at least he will be among the lucky few with both a baseball-reference.com and IMDB.com page after making a cameo on Disney XD’s “Lab Rats” last night.
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.
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.
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.