Because of Andrew Friedman’s speaking style, when he talks, you’re kind of forced to read between the lines. So, when he went on MLB Network’s MLB Tonight to talk about the Kentra Maeda signing, it struck me as somewhat interesting when he spoke about Jose Fernandez.
The popular thinking was that with Maeda now in the fold and the Dodgers no longer employing a solely left-handed rotation, the Dodgers might focus elsewhere or at least move on from such a complicated deal as would land Fernandez.
Here’s what he had to say to a question about whether today put a official end to the Fernandez-to-L.A. talk:
Obviously it’s tough for me to talk on any specific player, but we’ve had a lot of different trade conversations with a lot of different teams and, you know, for the most part as we sit here today, we feel good about the depth that we have. But, we’re going to say open-minded and, you know, if were to line up that makes sense for us that we feel like makes us better, you know, we’ll be aggressive to act.
I’ve compared Friedman on a couple occasions to a politician for his ability to say a whole bunch of stuff without ever really saying anything. That said, this did strike me as somewhat interesting.
On one hand, this is the obvious response. There is no resting on laurels in this industry, regardless of whichever move might have been made. Of course the Dodgers are going to continue to talk to everyone about deals that might potentially make them better. That’s literally Friedman, Farhan Zaidi and now Alex Anthopolous’ job.
Conversely, Jose Fernandez does make the Dodgers considerably better. He’s young, absolutely electric and under control for two more arbitrations until that insane 2018 offseason, when the Dodgers’ books are essentially clean, but for a couple odds and ends.
I still think this deal is a longshot at best and in all reality basically a moot talking point, but Friedman doesn’t sound as if he’s closed the door on this or any other trade talks that might have started at the Winter Meetings.