Yesterday Andrew Friedman appeared on Blog Talk Radio on the show “Talking Baseball” with Carl the Cabbie and Dugout Joe. The audio can be found HERE. While the show is two hours long, Friedman’s segment is over at about the 35 minute mark after approximately 20 minutes of questions from the hosts and one question from a caller. The first 10 minutes of the show made us want to stick chopsticks in our ears. If you can fight past the random inexplicable laughter after such humorous comments such as “you must be on your cell phone” and “we are coming to the (Rays) tank!”, the Friedman segment begins at the 10:35 mark.
Most of the interview is standard company-line non-talk, but we did learn one intriguing piece of information. In the 2006 draft, Friedman’s first at the helm for the Rays, the Rays actually expected Evan Longoria to be drafted by the Rockies, and had arranged a pre-draft deal with Tim Lincecum.
We had Evan Longoria first on our board…We thought Longoria was going to go two to Colorado, and we had cut a deal with Tim Lincecum, to take three. Colorado didn’t take Longoria two. We found out at like 2:30 in the morning, the night before and we ended up taking Longoria, and we are ecstatic with how that turned out.
We apologize if this has ever been mentioned elsewhere, but this is the first time we have heard it. Don’t get us wrong. We love the Dirtbag, but what would the Rays rotation look like right now if it included Scott Kazmir, James Shields, Matt Garza and Tim Lincecum, with David Price, Wade Davis and Jake McGee waiting in the wings?
SWEET FANCY MOSES!
Baseball Talk featuring Andrew Friedman [Blog Talk Radio]