Important disclaimer right from the top: This is a single sentence taken from a few paragraphs on a “needs” piece in the middle of a dead week in November. So, Los Angeles Dodgers fans, take a deep breath before you read on.
That said, if what ESPN’s Buster Olney reports here is actually true, those fans who are already tired of Andrew Friedman and his statistically-inclined administration might have something to yell on high about.
It appears Friedman isn’t exactly operating under a perfectly placid situation as he tries to build a contender out of what Ned Coletti left him. Here’s Olney on the situation:
Andrew Friedman has just entered his second year with the Dodgers’ front office, but already there’s pressure building within the organization for Friedman to pick the right guys and make the right moves.
On one hand, again, this is only a sentence that could very well be a throwaway statement to summarize what might be going on. After all, there will always be a fair amount of pressure in this industry so long as combined payrolls in the MLB sum up to billions (with a “B”) of dollars.
On the other, and we’re to assume ownership is sick of a roster that merely makes it to the playoffs versus making any kind of noise in said playoffs, Friedman might feel the need to make more impactful moves this winter.
As usual, the answer is probably somewhere between those to scenarios. Of course managing a major league team is pressurized. That should go without saying. I just can’t imagine there’s so much pressure the Dodgers would do anything drastic that might negatively affect their long-term goals as well.