Looks like the Dodgers are bringing out the big guns do re-sign Zack Greinke.
And by big guns, I mean (insert exaggerated adjective for big here) wallets.
First, we got this update at Tuesday’s introductory press conference via Yahoo’s Tim Brown:
Magic Johnson today on Greinke: “We want him back. He’s our priority — our No. 1 priority — of the offseason.” Nut-crunchin’ time…
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) December 1, 2015
Nut-crunching aside, it does feel interesting that ownership is getting involved here and also spells out why the Dodgers is such a highly-regarded job. Andrew Friedman is trying to save money, but it sounds like his owners are telling him he isn’t spending enough.
Think about that for a second. Think of your hobby of choice. For me, it’s golf — which can get very expensive, very quickly. I don’t even want to let myself think of the day my wife comes to me and says: “You know what, you really need to spend more money on golf and more time on the course.” Boy, wouldn’t that be the day.
ESPN’s Mark Saxon adds to Brown’s tweet here:
… earlier this week Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson said that principal owner Mark Walters has gotten involved in the talks.
When owners enter the picture in these kinds of deals, anything can happen, but so far Walter has generally deferred to Friedman. Perhaps that dynamic shifted a bit when the team opted to hire Dave Roberts as its manager over the man viewed as Friedman’s favorite, Gabe Kapler? Could be.
That first sentence was in reference to Brown’s tweet, but that second half of the statement spelling out what it might mean when ownership starts getting involved should not be overlooked.
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, this is by no means a rift somehow growing between the two parties: the front office and ownership. I’d say it’s much closer to everyone involved learning to work together. While it might feel like more time has passed that you would think because of how active the front office has been, the working relationship is still in its relatively early stages.