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Dodgers: Andrew Friedman Encourages His Free Agents to Seek Out What is Best For Them

Some unexpected advice from the Dodgers President of Baseball Operations.



The Dodgers have 7 key free agents from the World Series team set to hit the market. While they may retain a few, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that most would be on their way to a different team.

Dodgers President of Baseball Operations recently made an appearance on am570 to discuss those free agents. In his mind, he wants to make sure that they do what is best for their careers and their family’s in terms of seeking out contracts. 

All of our guys that are free agents right now have earned that right. And they’ve gotten to this point in their career, and so for them, it’s about going out and seeing if there’s a better opportunity in terms of more playing time…We’ve reached out to each of our guys individually just to share the mindset and also to encourage them to do that…We’re allowing them some time to go through it and figure out what’s best for them and their family. If it happens to be somewhere else that stinks and its the end of that chapter, but we’ll wish them nothing the best. 

It really speaks to the mindset and the atmosphere surrounding the Dodgers. For years, we’ve heard players and ex-players talk about the organization as a place where they felt they were important. Friedman’s words about his potential free agents would certainly exemplify that.

Justin Turner, Alex Wood, Blake Treinen, Enrique Hernandez, Joc Pederson, Jake McGee, and Pedro Baez are all current free agents. The Dodgers will likely make a push to retain Turner and maybe 1 of those pitchers. 

It’s truly unlike anything you will ever hear from any MLB general manager or front office executive. But the Dodgers aren’t like any other organization in baseball. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. In the last couple of years, the Dodgers have made efforts to “do right” for certain players by sending them to places they could get more playing time. Sure, they have tried to get decent value in return, but you sense that is not always the primary motive. This is in keeping with that and will probably earn the Dodgers more player goodwill in the future than simply making completely “business” decisions.

    • I agree Kasten and Friedman are running a class organization that players rave about. Gray’s comment on the difference between going from the Reds to the Dodgers is an example of what is heard from players.
      Karma usually will help or hinder a person or an organization eventually.
      You want players to be happy about the organization they play for.

  2. Where you work matters…it’s not about how fancy the locker rooms are…it’s about a sense of culture, which is something that always begins at the top, and is reflected in each hire all the way down. My 16 year-old works at TJ’s a few days a week, and is proud to work there, as are the other employees…many are long-term…Culture is unique…you can’t touch it, yet it’s palpable. Andrew Friedman is the linchpin….his set of beliefs about people are reflected all the way down, and yes, in addition to being in LA…It’s a big attraction…I would imagine all the big clubs are aware, and perhaps looking inward as a result.

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