Dodgers general manager Andrew Friedman recently spoke with Sportsnet LA. Moreover, during the interview Friedman provided several key organizational updates.
Here is that interview in it’s entirety.
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Friedman was asked about the losses of Turner Ward, Chris Woodward, and finally Farhan Zaidi.
In regards to losing key coaching staff and front office pieces – Friedman chalked it up to being ‘the price of success’. He indicated he welcomes the Dodgers losing a lot more people next year as well if that’s the case.
Friedman also offered clarity in regards to the coaching staff vacancies created by Woodward and Ward’s departure.
There are spots to fill, and we are getting close on our coaching staff. I expect to have an announcement on that next week.
Also, Zaidi’s exit to San Francisco and the vacancy it created was addressed.
With Farhan, I think it’s something that the offseason is so unforgiving. The pace of play is so quick, and we weren’t able to find a pause button to slow it down at all. Right now we are all hunkered down to do the things we can and the things we need to to tweak the roster and put us in position to win a championship next year.
- Friedman said in regards to catching, Will Smith and Keibert Ruiz are two players the organization is really high on.
- There is a current focus on someone externally the Dodgers can pair with Austin Barnes to catch in 2018.
- Friedman said ‘there is depth in certain areas where we are looking to smooth out the roster’. This could be seen as the Dodgers will trade a surplus (outfield possibly) for a need.
- When asked if the Dodgers will be a big player in free agency, Friedman pointed towards payroll flexibility after 2019 and 2020.
It’s great to hear an interview like this from Friedman which offers clarity on the offseason to come. Look for an announcement in the next week on the coaching staff, and a possible trade before the holidays end.
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