UPDATE (Oct. 24, 11:55 a.m.): According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Andrew Friedman reiterated Don Mattingly will remain as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers:

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With another postseason run that fell short of winning the World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers were rumored to be among the teams that would make front office changes in the off-season.

The change came in the form of hiring Andrew Friedman away from the Tampa Bay Rays as president of baseball operations and reassigning Ned Colletti from general manager to an advisor role under team president and CEO, Stan Kasten.

Given Friedman’s working relationship and friendship with Rays manager Joe Maddon, speculation immediately led to duo reconnecting in Los Angeles. However, Maddon said he wanted to remain with the Rays and Friedman said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly would “definitely” manage the team in 2015.

While that could change given Maddon’s opting out of his contract with the Rays, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says Maddon isn’t considering it a landing spot:

Furthermore, ESPN LA’s Ramona Shelbourne reports a Dodger source as saying the news isn’t tied to them:

For good measure, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports also cites a source as saying Maddon isn’t heading to the Dodgers:

Maddon is the lone manager Friedman worked with during his time with the Rays organization. Along with stating Mattingly would manage the Dodgers next season, Friedman also said he expected the two to have a long relationship, similar to what he had with Maddon.

Maddon’s contract was set to expire after the 2015 season and unless he had signed an extension, it was likely to cast a shadow over Mattingly’s head, who has two years remaining on his contract. For what it’s worth, Mattingly recently said that speculation isn’t something he pays much attention to.

With Maddon now free, Mattingly could face the pressure on a much larger scale until the former Rays manager settles in with a new team. Currently, the Minnesota Twins are the only team with a vacancy at manager.
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Dodgers Introduce Andrew Friedman As President Of Baseball Operations

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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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  1. Michael N. Norris

    opted out of his Rays contract…today..hmmmmmmm

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