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Dodgers: Andrew Friedman’s Greatest Moves With Los Angeles

One day after winning the Executive of the Year, some of Andy’s greatest signings and trades.



The Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman won a World Series and Executive of the Year in 2020. All in all, one heck of a year for the President of Baseball Operations. To celebrate both of those huge victories, we wanted to highlight some of his greatest moves to get Los Angeles to the top.

We listed out 10 moves made by Friedman, including both free-agent signings and trades made. Some of these were done with the help of Farhan Zaidi, but we’re celebrating Andy today. With that being said, here is our list of Friedman’s best moves with the Dodgers!

#10 AJ Pollock Signed to a 4-Year Deal

I completely understand if you haven’t been entirely satisfied with AJ Pollock in a Dodgers uniform. But the truth is that Friedman got AJ at an absolute steal for what he can bring to a team’s lineup. At just a $12 million annual average salary, Pollock is fairly underpaid for a player of his caliber. Not to mention that the 2020 season should some promising signs for the future. All in all, one heck of a signing. 

#9 Yasmani Grandal for Matt Kemp (plus more)

Dodgers fans don’t exactly love Yasmani Grandal given his performance in the postseason. But Friedman made his presence known early by trading away Matt Kemp in his first month as the President of Baseball Operations. The trade not only shed the roughly $75 million left on Kemp’s contract, but it landed Grandal in the process. He would go on to be one of the most offensively productive catchers in all of baseball for the next 4 years. 

#8 Max Muncy Signed to a Minor League Deal

The “diamond in the rough” signings by Friedman will always be one of my favorites. The Dodgers picked up Muncy a month after he was released by the Oakland A’s, and it turned out to be one of their greatest pickups. He hit 70 home runs through his first two seasons in Los Angels, ultimately earning him a $26 million contract. 

#7 Kenta Maeda Signed Out of Japan

Kenta Maeda signed a shocking eight-year, $25 million contract with the Dodgers that was laced with incentives. The team wasn’t sold on Maeda’s medicals resulting in a very low salary. While Maeda is no longer with the team, he provided a whole lot of quality innings at a very low cost. He compiled 5.2 WAR over his 4 years in Los Angeles before being moved for Brusdar Graterol. 

#6 Yu Darvish Acquired from Texas 

Darvish probably won’t look back on his time with the Dodgers fondly when his career is said and done. But the truth is that Friedman landed the best pitcher available at the time, and he absolutely was part of the reason they got to their first World Seris since 1988.

He didn’t pitch great in Game 7 of the World Series, but he was also facing a bunch of cheaters. Friedman also got Darvish for essentially nothing. It cost LA prospects Willie Calhoun, A.J. Alexy, and Brendon Davis.

#5 The Winter 2016 Signings

Never forget the winter when the Dodgers were facing the possibility of losing 3 very important veterans. Friedman wheeled and sealed to re-sign Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen, and Rich Hill to new deals in a matter of weeks.  Hill got a three-year contract worth $48 million while JT got a four-year contract valued at $64 million. One month later, Jansen received a five-year deal worth $80 million. As you probably already know, all 3 guys were vital to the success of the team for the next couple of seasons. 

#4 Chris Taylor Traded for a Bag of Peanuts

In June of 2016, the Dodgers finally gave up on former #1 draft pick Zach Lee. They shipped him off to Seattle in exchange for infielder Chris Taylor. While he didn’t impress immediately, his 2017 campaign was absolutely 100 times better than anything the average fan could have expected. Taylor has complied 12.3 WAR since he was moved to Los Angeles and continues to provide flexibility all over the field. As a result, he was rewarded with a two-year, $13.4 million contract before the 2020 season. 

#3 Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood, and Kyle Farmer Sent to Cincinnati

This will forever be remembered as one of the greatest trades in franchise history for a lot of reasons. The Dodgers unloaded upward of $70 million in salary, opened plenty of payroll space, cleared two major league spots on their roster, and added prospect talent with one big move. They got Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray in return, and Downs ended up being a major piece in the Mookie Betts trade. If there was one trade that you could highlight as one to pave the way to a World Series victory, it would be this one. 

#2 Mookie Betts and David Price to LA

The move that will be remembered for decades to come among Dodgers fans and baseball fans. Los Angeles sent  Alex Verdugo, Connor Wong, and Jeter Downs to Boston in exchange for Betts, David Price, and cash to offset Price’s contract. Even before Price has been able to throw 1 pitch for the Dodgers, we can confidently say that this is one of Friedman’s best moves. If Price ends up being a productive addition in 2021, the deal will only look better. 

#1 Mookie Betts Signs a Massive 12-Year Extension

Dodgers fans went from worrying about never seeing Betts play a real game in Los Angeles to confident he would be around for his entire career. Friedman inked the All-Star outfielder to a massive 12-year extension worth $365 million, bringing his annual average to $30.4 million. The deal will keep him in LA through his age 39 season, and he’s already got his first World Series victory. When Friedman retires from his executive career, he’ll look back on this as his pride and joy.

What do you think, did we miss any major moves? Be sure to drop them in the comments below! We want to properly honor the Dodgers Executive of the Year. Thank you for everything Andrew! 

NEXT: Should The Dodgers Make a Blockbuster Trade for Francisco Lindor, Nolan Arenado, or Kris Bryant?

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. How about the trade that shipped expiring contacts to Atlanta for Matt Kemp that allowed the Dodgers to get under the luxury tax. Besides acquiring the key piece in the Cincinnati trade, this deal provided financial flexibility and roster spaces to give opportunities to younger more versatile guys. The precurser to the precurser to the Mookie trade.

  2. How about the Manny Machado trade? Manny might not have lasted, but Dodgers gave up prospects that haven’t made a dent yet for the Orioles…and that’s saying alot since the Orioles aren’t that great.

    How about a non-action? Friedman didn’t re-sign Zach Greinke when Greinke wanted an extra year. That money was used instead for pitchers and hitters (Darvish, Machado, etc.) that eventually led to Betts.

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