We have heard from a couple of people now that Andrew Friedman was seen recently having dinner in downtown Tampa with two people believed to be Angels owner Arte Moreno and Angels team preseident John Carpino. This would be significant because the Angels are looking for a new general manager after Tony Reagins was let go.
We spoke with a source close to the Angels. When Reagins was first let go, they got the sense that Friedman wouldn’t be interested in the Angels job. We were also told that Friedman is an east coast guy and is not likely to take a job on the west coast.
On the other hand, the source did mention that the Angels think “very highly” of Friedman’s partner-in-crime, Gerry Hunsicker. However, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the Angels have six candidates set to interview, and Hunsicker is not among those names.
If Morena and Carpino did have dinner with Friedman, it may have just been a courtesy meeting. Any team that needs a GM would be silly to not at least ask Friedman if he would like to talk. But if Friedman is going to leave, it would seem that there are other opportunities for Friedman that are closer to home.