The 2016 season was all about the Chicago Cubs but the Los Angeles Dodgers made an impact with their front office starting with Andrew Friedman. The Dodgers led the majors with the highest payroll since the 2014 season.

During the offseason, the organization was in a financial struggle but re-signed Rich Hill, Kenley Jansen, and Justin Turner for a total of $192 million.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Andrew Friedman is the 2017 model of Theo Epstein.

“When Andrew Friedman joined the Dodgers as president of baseball operations after the 2014 season and surrounded himself with former general managers, he forged the most expensive front office ever and one expected to give Los Angeles cutting-edge thinking combined with deeper pockets than any team,” wrote Sherman.

Will Friedman take the same risks like he did in the 2016 season?

Here is the list of the MLB’s 50 most fascinating:

  1. Andrew Friedman
  2. Bryce Harper
  3. Rob Manfred
  4. Andrew McCutchen
  5. Matt Harvey
  6. Theo Epstein
  7. Aroldis Chapman/Kenley Jansen/Mark Melancon
  8. Edwin Encarnacion
  9. Chris Sale
  10. Jake Arrieta/Johnny Cueto/Yu Darvish/Masahiro Tanaka
  11. Shohei Otani
  12. Mike Rizzo
  13. Jose Bautista
  14. Tim Tebow
  15. Clayton Kershaw
  16. Mike Trout
  17. Gary Sanchez
  18. Francisco Lindor
  19. Kyle Schwarber
  20. Yoenis Cespedes
  21. Alex Rodriguez
  22. David Ortiz
  23. Jeff Bagwell/Ivan Rodriguez
  24. Joe Davis
  25. Tony Clark
  26. Noah Syndergaard
  27. Felix Hernandez
  28. Don Mattingly
  29. Yoan Moncada
  30. Pablo Sandoval
  31. Stephen Strasburg
  32. Manny Machado
  33. Al Aliva/Rick Hahn/Dayton Moore
  34. Jose Reyes/David Wright
  35. Yasiel Puig
  36. Shelby Miller
  37. Zack Greinke
  38. Julio Urias
  39. Albert Pujols
  40. Adrian Beltre
  41. Kris Bryant
  42. Bartolo Colon
  43. Daniel Murphy
  44. Cookie Betts
  45. Ian Desmond
  46. Carlos Correa
  47. Brian Cashman
  48. Amed Rosario
  49. Sonny Gray
  50. David Price

Dodger fans will just have to wait until Andrew Friedman’s hard work will payoff.

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