The Rays lost several big-name free agents last winter. This year, they may only lose one. But that one is worth more than all the free agents from last year combined.

The Cubs recently fired their General Manager, and Matt Garza thinks Andrew Friedman would make a great replacement

He flipped the Tampa team around in two-plus years,” Garza said. “Yeah, we went on a great run in 2008 but it’s not like it was a one-year wonder. The following season we still had a winning record and last season we won the division once again and this year, you know, I don’t know how he does it. But year in and year out he can put together a bullpen and put together the pieces he needs with the type of market he has. I think he’d be great here…

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times says Friedman is “surely a possibility” and he is “sure to be high on the Cubs’ list of potential general manager candidates.”…

Of course, this is not the first time we have heard World B. Friedman’s name associated with a potential GM vacancy this winter. Friedman is also said to be the top target of the Houston Astros new owner. And there was one report that Friedman is giving some the impression that he “would love to be the next GM of the Astros.”

Will Friedman leave the comfort of his role as part of the Rays’ Holy Trinity? We have long argued that it is no slam dunk that Friedman stays with the Rays. And only time will tell if the lure of a bigger payday and larger payrolls will be too much to pass up.

But one thing is becoming more clear: It looks like Friedman will have offers this winter, and he will have to choose.



  1. Sublime says:

    It's funny Garza using the term "we" as if he was still apart of the team. I definitely miss Garza's spirit.

  2. pete says:

    As long as Hunsicker doesn't go with him , I'd be confident we could replace him inhouse. If Hunsicker went with him , then i'd be very worried.


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