To say this offseason has moved at a snail’s pace might actually be an overstatement. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal agrees.
At the forefront of those causing frustration amongst their fan base: The Los Angeles Dodgers. While said angst might be slightly unfounded, fans and executives around the league are wondering when the Dodgers might make their move and what it might look like.
Recently, as Andrew Friedman has stockpiled prospects, trade targets have seemingly included any young pitcher atop their respective team’s rotation. In the next tier, Jake Odorizzi’s name has come up in connection to the Dodgers’ trading efforts, but a snag seems to have arisen rather specific to this front office.
Let Rosenthal explain.
The Dodgers, active in both markets, could trade for one starter and sign another. But to hear rival executives tell it, the trade front is full of obstacles. The Indians do not want to trade a starter. The Padres are setting unrealistic demands, as are the Marlins with Jose Fernandez. And the Rays, at least for the Dodgers, will not be an easy partner; they might be reluctant to trade with their former GM, Andrew Friedman, and beyond that likely value players the same way.
We knew about the Padres and Marlins’ incredible demands in return for their big names. The tidbit about the Indians is somewhat surprising based on recent headlines, but hey, it’s the offseason.
That last bit, though, regarding Friedman, specifically, and his former employer, is somewhat worrisome. If true, and the asking price is higher for the Dodgers just because of whoever might be heading the front office, the rebuilding process just got a little more complicated.
This is nothing to freak out over, obviously, as it’s just one sentence in an entire column about why the offseason is moving along so slowly, but again, if this report is true, a question of the reputation of this front office might be worth asking.
Did Friedman leave on worse terms in Tampa Bay than let on? Is he and his team irritating to negotiate with (they certainly aren’t the greatest interview)? We shouldn’t make too much over this, but it doesn’t feel like the kind of thing to simply throw away.
Keep an eye on this storyline, as the offseason continues to crawl along.