Dodgers: Assistant General Manager Jeff Kingston Was Almost Lost to the Angels

Anaheim almost got their first competent executive in two decades.

The Dodgers almost lost one of their talented front-office executives this winter. Jeff Kingston was rumored to be in the discussions for the General Manager position for a few other clubs, and he might have been a final candidate down in Anaheim.

The Angels opted to hire Perry Minasian as their General Manager, but Kingston was one of the final 6 under consideration. The Dodgers assistant GM will stick with Los Angeles for now, but there is always the chance he is under consideration by other teams. 

Kingston was hired by the Dodgers during the winter of 2018, filling the vacancy of Assistant General Manager and Vice President. The Dodgers hired him on as part of the departure of Farhan Zaidi, at which point Andrew Friedman took over the General Manager duties. 

The Dodgers hired Jeff Kingston away from the Seattle Mariners where he had spent 9 years previously. Kingston also served as the Padres director of baseball operations for several years before that. 

In terms of the future, it’s unclear if the Dodgers have any intention of moving back to a more traditional front-office structure. Zaidi leaving for San Francisco left them in a spot where they have no true General Manager, but it does not seem like they are headed toward filling that position any time soon.

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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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