Even before Jim Crane agreed to buy the Houston Astros, we heard that he was “infatuated” with Andrew Friedman. And now that he is guaranteed to be running the show soon, rumors of Friedman leaving the Rays and going home will start to gain steam.
First up is Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle…
I don’t know if Rays GM Andrew Friedman wants to come back home and run the baseball team he grew up rooting for, but I’m guessing he’ll have the opportunity…The Astros are going to get someone like Daryl Morey or Andrew Friedman, and they’re probably going to get more than one of them.
Part of Crane’s love of Friedman may be driven by wanting the Astros to emulate the Rays of 2006 and 2007. The Astros farm system is in shambles. And the Astros new president will be George Postolos, who is described as believing in “data-driven analysis.”
We still think this is a long-shot. But it is also something worth keeping an eye on. Friedman is not under contract with the Rays. And at some point, everybody has a price they can’t say “no” to.
If Crane’s pockets are deep enough, and his desire to add Friedman strong enough, the Rays could experience a loss this winter that dwarfs all the free agent defections combined.