USATSI_8154915_154511044_lowresWell, we knew the Los Angeles Dodgers threw a lot of money at Andrew Friedman to entice him to leave the Rays. Now we know exactly how much and it is a record.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Friedman’s contract with the Dodgers is 5-years and he will make $35 million.

$7 million per year. PLUS INCENTIVES!

For comparison, the Cubs lured Theo Epstein away from the Red Sox with a 5-year, $18.5 million contract ($3.7M per year) to be their president of baseball operations, the same position Friedman now holds with the Dodgers.

But more importantly from a baseball perspective, this news is going to be a huge wake-up call for Friedman.

Friedman was with the Rays for 11 seasons and we never knew how much he made. Hell, we couldn’t even agree on whether he had a financial stake in the club.

Yet, ten days after he is hired by the Dodgers we already know that he will be making $7 million per year.

Friedman said during his introduction with the Dodgers that “information is king.” That was his same philosophy with the Rays. But the Rays also knew that the information was only valuable if they have it and nobody else does. No team has ever been more secretive.

Friedman is going to try to change that culture in LA. But there are too many people already embedded and too many reporters with good sources. It won’t work and he will have to adjust.

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  1. Rob says:

    Of corse he did. Money talks.

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