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Dodgers: Andrew Friedman Speaks On Cubs Re-Tooling, Off-Season Vision

“We’re going in saying we want to add as many talented players as we can.

Already, Jorge Castillo reports that Dodgers’ ownership is not forcing the front office to stay under the luxury tax. Right now, Los Angeles is free to add whomever they want; and by any means necessary. Recently, the Chicago Cubs made some headlines by allowing Kris Bryant’s name to be whispered amongst superstars who could be moved this off-season.

Now, Jesse Rogers of ESPN talks about the Chicago Cubs re-tooling of their roster. Furthermore, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman weighs in on how the Los Angeles is looking at things headed into winter.

First off, Friedman says the Cubs are in an information gathering stage. This – he says – will allow Chicago to know what direction they want to go in moving forward. Whether or not that means a big-name like Bryant is on the move or not remains to be seen. Still, it sounds like Friedman has been in a similar position before.

“To collect as much information as they can and figure out what makes sense for them balancing the short term and the long term,” Friedman said of Chicago. “I don’t think they know what that means right now. It’s important not to be too rigid in your thinking, and as you collect more information, it helps you navigate in different directions.”

Therefore, where does that leave the Dodgers in comparison to the Cubs? Thankfully, Friedman has a quote on that as well. Equally important, it at least sounds like the front office is ready to make some power moves.

“We’re going in saying we want to add as many talented players as we can, and we can move things around,” Dodgers president Andrew Friedman said of his roster. “As we sit here today, we have some future flexibility, we have a deep pipeline of prospects, we have a talented major league roster. We like the position we’re in now. How we navigate things will be dictated by the market.”

Finally, does this quote about the market mean something like the Dodgers make a surprise huge move like acquiring Mookie Betts? In the near future we should hear some rumors start to cement. For now, we are waiting to see how the Dodgers ‘navigate’; as Friedman so eloquently puts it.

Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. Please Front Office No rentals be smart and sign players that are going to stay with the team for a few season.
    Like I said before Great pitching and defense Wins Championships.
    First priority list:
    (1) Sign starting pitcher Gerrit Cole
    (2) Sign third baseman Anthony Rendon
    (3) Sign shortstop Didi Gregorius this player is great in offense and defense.

  2. We should stick pretty much with pitching. Cole, Wheeler, or Ryu. And a strong reliever. Smith is gone, so elsewhere we should go. Explore Bryant, we might stumble into a deal there.(Joc in Wrigley????) He plays left fairly well along with third. But Rendon is too high dollar. May be a great player; but he could put a five year 35 mil on the payroll when we don’t need him.

  3. RENDON IS HIGH DOLLAR, BUT IS YOUNG AND ONE HELL OF A PLAYER, COLE IS HIGH DOLLAR TO,BUT GOOD FOR ABOUT 3-4 YR. CAN HELP YOUNG PITCHERS LIKE BUSHI RED. STRASBERG HIGH DOLLAR, A LITTLE MUCH FOR 3 YR.WE DO NEED RENDON, J.T. IS FAILING. RENDON CAN EARN HIS MONEY AS HE YOUNG.DOGERS HAVE TO MANY OLD FARTS, GET A YOUNG TEAM.

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