The Los Angeles Dodgers made headlines when they lured Andrew Friedman away from the Tampa Bay Rays to assume the president of baseball operations role for the franchise with vast resources.

Friedman’s arrival had many believing Joe Maddon was the next shoe to fall, but Friedman said Mattingly would return next season and Maddon had one more year remaining on his contract barring the expected signing of an extension.

However, the landscape changed Friday with news Maddon opted out of the final year of his contract after he and the Rays were unable to agree on an extension. Thus far, the Dodgers aren’t believed to be in the running for Maddon, but that certainly could change.

Maddon’s unforeseen departure sent waves throughout baseball and elicited plenty of responses. Below is a quick roundup of the best tweets from Twitter.

Given Maddon’s initial response to Friedman leaving the Rays, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale called the situation strange:

While Friedman and Maddon certainly have a longstanding friendship, David Vassegh of AM 570 provides a reminder of Mattingly’s good standing with owner Mark Walter:

Baseball analyst Peter Gammons has early predictions from Maddon’s friends:

While reports may suggest otherwise, ESPN’s Jayson Stark implies he isn’t necessarily sold on Maddon not joining the Dodgers:

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution believes the Chicago Cubs will land the big free agent:

Always entertaining on Twitter, Preston Mattingly wondered aloud if there was something he may have missed:

For now, Mattingly remains on track to manage the Dodgers in 2015 but as was seen with Maddon, situations can change on a whim.

Dodgers Introduce Andrew Friedman As President Of Baseball Operations

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2 Responses

  1. Joshua DeLawrence

    Preston Mattingly and his dad suck at baseball. Who cares what Preston says he obviously can’t see whats coming just like he can’t see a baseball to hit it.

  2. Joshua DeLawrence

    The only reason he got into baseball was because his daddy.


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