Today is the last day of the regular season, which means the Cubs and Astros will ramp up their search for new general managers. Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman is considered to be at the top of both team’s wishlists. But with his strong ties to owner Stuart Sternberg, most feel it is a longshot that Friedman would leave the Rays.
However, Phil Rodgers of the Chicago Tribune says that is changing, and Friedman may be more likely to leave the Rays now than he was just a month ago…
According to MLB sources, Andrew Friedman, the brilliant architect of the Rays’ homegrown success, seems more in play in the Cubs’ ongoing search for a general manager than he did a month ago. He and manager Joe Maddon feel like they’re hitting their heads against a wall in trying to help owner Stuart Sternberg grow baseball interest in the football-crazed Tampa Bay area…Would Friedman be willing to talk to Chairman Tom Ricketts about running the Cubs? Most thought that highly unlikely given his ties to Sternberg but would anyone blame Friedman for wanting to see what it is like to have big-market resources?
Rogers and his sources are vague, maybe intentionally, and it is unclear exactly what they are reporting. Are they saying Friedman is more interested in talking to other clubs? Or are these sources just guessing that Friedman might be more interested now than he was a month ago? And what has happened in the past month to make a move more likely?
Everything we see suggests that Friedman and Sternberg are tied at the hip. And of course, this is what we all want to believe. But no matter what anybody says or declares, we don’t know what Friedman is thinking. So until the Cubs and the Astros hire new GMs, we have to assume that it is at least possible Friedman will leave.