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Josh Byrnes seen as a leader for job under Dodgers president Friedman

Josh Byrnes, the former general manager of the Diamondbacks and Padres, is seen as a leading candidate for the top executive job under new club president Andrew Friedman with the Dodgers, league sources said. Byrnes is viewed as a strong possibility to get the coveted job, as sources familiar with the situation say his experience is viewed as a plus for a storied, big-market team...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

New Dodgers President: Don Mattingly ‘definitely’ will return

The perennial speculation about the job status of Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was put to rest on Friday, as new president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman assured that there would be no change in on-field skipper.  Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Friedman left no doubt when asked if Donnie Baseball would be back: “Definitely,” Andrew...
Via Reading Between The Seams
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew Friedman: Mattingly will 'definitely' be back

The Los Angeles Dodgers held an introductory press conference for newly appointed president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman on Friday, and Friedman made a point to put an end to speculation around the Dodgers’ managerial situation, at least for 2015. According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Friedman said Don Mattingly will “definitely” be retained as manager for...
Via Sports-Glory
2 days ago  |  Discuss

An Area of Improvement for Don Mattingly

I, like most of the writers here, am not a huge Don Mattingly fan. I’m not in the “fire Don Mattingly now” camp, but if the Dodgers do get rid of him at this afternoon’s press conference I won’t be shedding any tears. Still, in the comments section and on twitter I have been very critical of his in-game decision making. Thus, it’s only fair that I point out something...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Plenty of Dodgers’ prospects on BA’s postseason Top 20 lists

Baseball America finished its postseason league Top 20 lists, and the Dodgers had ample and significant representation on every list. I’ll start from the bottom (Arizona Rookie League) and work my way up to Triple-A. Arizona Rookie League 2. RHP Grant Holmes Holmes checked in at No. 2 on the list, right behind Alex Jackson of the Mariners. For context, Jackson was the No. 6 overall...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew Friedman Is Going To Do Something That Infuriates You

I’ve been thinking a lot about Andrew Friedman’s arrival with the Dodgers, and one of the things that really keeps coming up for me is simply that he’s an outsider to the organization. Ned Colletti had been in charge for so, so long, to the point that not a single current member of the Dodgers played for the team before he arrived. (Although several had been drafted and were...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Dodgers prevented Ned Colletti from making trades

The Dodgers finally demoted Ned Colletti as GM on Tuesday and announced that former Tampa Bay Rays executive Andrew Friedman was taking over as president of baseball operations. Even though the announcement of Colletti’s demotion was not made until this week, it seems like the Dodgers knew this was a direction they were heading. According...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  7 Comments

Joe Maddon: I want to continue to be a Ray

There was a major shakeup in the front office of the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday when it was announced that executive vice president and general manager Andrew Friedman was leaving the team to assume the role of general manager with the Los Angeles Dodgers, speculation immediately began that skipper Joe Maddon may be lured by […] The post Joe Maddon on Andrew Friedman’s departure...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers land Andrew Friedman — and it puts Don Mattingly on the hot seat

One down, one more to go? One in, another one on the way? And if connecting the dots is your thing, how can you not pull out a black marker and draw a direct line from Andrew Friedman to Joe Maddon right about now? In other words, if you’re Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, that seat you sit on just got a whole lot warmer. It’s not even winter yet, but the Dodgers just pulled...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Moneyball comes to LA: Dodgers hire Andrew Friedman

Due in large part to Michael Lewis’ Moneyball, analytical baseball ideology has often sold as a necessity for low-revenue franchises to compete with teams who have vastly more resources. The A’s story was written as brains overcoming riches, and a number of teams in smaller markets decided to emulate their success. Over the past decade, […]
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers make the first splash of the offseason

Even though four baseball teams are still fighting for a World Series, the offseason has begun for the Los Angeles Dodgers. I was beginning to work on a piece about what the Dodgers need to do in the offseason to get over the hump and take home their first World Series title since 1988. Number one on my list was “replace Ned Colletti”. Andrew Friedman is the Dodgers’ new President...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig reportedly angered Dodgers with lack of focus, effort in NLDS

Yasiel Puig is once again being criticized and scrutinized for his lack of effort and focus with the Dodgers. FOX Sports MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal reported on Friday that Puig “angered” some teammates and coaches during the NLDS with his lack of focus and effort on defense. Puig was eventually benched in Game 4 after...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Yasiel Puig's lack of effort upset teammates

The 2014 NLDS is a series that Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig would probably like to put behind him. Striking out in key situations and going 3-for-12 at the plate (with a .357 on-base percentage) isn't Puig-like by any means. And after being benched in the pivotal, "must-win" Game 4--in which he would later enter in the ninth inning, as a pinch-runner--pundits...
Via The Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs interested in Yasiel Puig?

It would appear the hot stove is already burning. After calling up Javier Baez and Jorge Soler late in the season and with super prospect Kris Bryant waiting in the wings, the Chicago Cubs have all of a sudden become the sexy team to bet on to be playing in October the next couple of years. And I’d have to imagine this would help the cause immensely. Are the Dodgers shopping Puig...
Via Hall of Very Good
10 days ago  |  2 Comments

Chicago Cubs interested in acquiring Yasiel Puig?

The Chicago Cubs are entering an intriguing offseason, and they are looking to spend some money and get back to competing for the NL Central division. There have been reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers are shopping outfielder Yasiel Puig around and want to trade him this offseason. According to other reports, the Cubs are interested in acquiring him if they can find a way to get...
Via Sports-Glory
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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