Andrew Friedman was the Astros top choice to be their new GM in 2011.

Andrew Friedman was the Astros top choice to be their new GM in 2011.

In a move that will come as a shock to many, the Rays have announced that Andrew Friedman is leaving the Tampa Bay Rays. He will join the Los Angeles Dodgers as head of baseball operations according to several reports.

Matt Silverman will take over as the head of baseball operations. Brian Auld will move from his role in baseball operations and become the new team president.

Marc Topkin was the first to report Friedman’s move.

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers’ current GM, Ned Colletti, will remain with the club in a different capacity.

At the end of the day, everybody has a price and everybody wants to see what they can do if given the proper resources. Friedman now gets that with the Dodgers and their $200+ million payroll.

Now attention turns to Joe Maddon and whether Friedman will try to lure him back to Los Angeles if the club decides to fire Don Mattingly.

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  1. Dave L says:

    That truly is disappointing. A great GM is like a great catcher, they are so few and rare.

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  2. Lane Meyer says:

    He's a great GM on a budget, but will he be a great GM when he can get anyone he wants and either doesn't and they excel, or does and they tank.

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  3. Ken H says:

    Do the Rays receive any compensation?

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    • Alex says:

      And, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets, Friedman worked for the Rays without a contract, so there will be no compensation heading to the Rays from the Dodgers.

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  4. Gus says:

    He did (mostly) a great job and will be missed. I fear that he'll suffer under the expectations of LA and the ultimate baseball truism: you get your best out of players before they turn 29 and once they get paid, they are rarely ever as good.

    Apologies to the Boston media predicting his departure. They had it right.

    Must keep Joe Maddon.

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    • Dave L says:

      His weakness was in the fact that his track record of bringing in 30+ talent wasn't the best as you pointed out, with the exception of relievers. However due to the Rays salary constraints he usually only had D level talent from which to choose from.

      Now he will have the ability to choose from amongst the possible A level talent. Sometimes an A level 'failure' actually performs better than a D level guy having a near career year.

      I expect him to succeed, he will have a completely different formula in LA.

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  5. Dave L says:

    Ken R opined on MLN Network just now that he didn't think AF would deal any Top prospects for Maddon since if they just wait a year they can get him as a free agent.

    Makes sense. Plus do you really want the guy AF is willing to part with? I dont.

    He also reported the Dodgers want to shed payroll gradually.

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  6. Gus says:

    Hard to see an old school guy like Donny Baseball co-exisitng with a guy like Friedman. I can see him getting Davey Martinez to manage though . . .

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  7. Ricky C says:

    The lack of compensation is the kicker for me. The Sternberg/Friedman relationship was based on loyalty and thus he didn't have a contract. Now Andrew leaves for greener pastures and the Rays are left with squat. I can't blame him for leaving but at the same time if I am Stu right now I'm pissed.

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    • Gus says:

      Silverman got him off of Wall Street and into a baseball job. Now he's GM of the freaking Dodgers, but I have a funny feeling it won't ever be as good for him as it is here, with an adoring press and underdog/no pressure vibe.

      Now he's got to work for a front office more crowded than the Dodgers OF (Stan Kasten and Coletti are not going to stand for some Jose Molina BS and will be second-guessing everything), and idiot Magic Johnson thinking it is the NBA "superstars win titles" league. They have all kinds of long-term money committed and are a very old team in the field. A tough task for Friedman, but if he is the only loss out of this, we are going to be fine (and maybe better off because his past 5 drafts and past couple of off-seasons have been pretty much crap -- the Rays stagnated last year and it was 80% a front office failure)..

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      • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

        I am a Friedman fan, but you hit the nail on the head in regard to his work in the draft room. The Rays are in for a nasty, little, several-year-long dip in the not too distant future as a result of some of his draft classes.

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        • Rob says:

          Yep - I think he got out while the gettin' was good. This team is going to struggle over the next few years, attendance is actually going to get worse and they will be moving (hopefully only across the bridge).

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  8. Rob says:

    Money talks.

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  9. OriginalTom says:

    Thanks for a half dozen seasons of excellent baseball Friedman. It has been fun watching Longo, Price, Zo, Bartlett, Garza, Archer, Fuld, Joyce, Pena (Ok 2012 not so fun), Smyly, Rodney, Soriano, Jennings, Myers etc. and thanks for not resigning CC and BJ.

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  10. Geoff Peterson says:

    I wouldn't be surprised to see him poach Davey Martinez rather than Maddon or perhaps wait to see if Scioscia gets the axe in Anaheim.

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  11. ed says:

    i really hate to see him go, but maybe it's time , maybe the orginization will change it's phillosophy and start to get some hitters in here. I thank AF for helping this team finally get some respect and making it a little exciting here. Good luck Andrew and thankfully you went to the national league.

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    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      Sadly, hitters cost big bucks so I'm not sure that philosophy will be adopted (but God I hope it is).

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  12. TpaBayFlyFisher says:

    Am I the only one who suspect that this is the start of the process of selling the Rays?

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  13. Paula says:

    If we assume that in arrobtatiin Price will get 7-9-11-13 over the next 4 years, that totals $40 million. In order to guarantee those 4 yrs, Price would need to give up 2 yrs of FA. Maybe 2 team options at $13 million per season. The Rays would probably want 4yrs/$30-34M and 2 options at $13M each. Seems reasonable on both sides. In order to get the guaranteed money over 4 yrs, Price would have to give up maybe $10 million, but he avoids the risk of injury harming potential arb income.

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