While there was plenty of attention and praised heaped on the Los Angeles Dodgers for their prying Andrew Friedman out of Florida, there were few questions regarding the terms of Friedman’s contract.
Friedman worked without a formal contract as general manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, which made his hiring relatively easy for the Dodgers in terms of not needing to provide the Rays with any compensation.
In joining the Dodgers, Friedman’s role isn’t the only change as he’s now under a five-year deal, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney:
Not surprisingly, Andrew Friedman's deal with the Dodgers is record-setting: from sources, $35 million over 5 years, plus incentives.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 24, 2014
Given that the Dodgers created the president of baseball operations role for Friedman, there isn’t a predecessor to compare the young executive’s contract against. The closest comparison is Ned Colletti, who served as the Dodgers’ general manager for nine seasons.
The five-year deal is a shakeup from how Friedman operated with the Rays, but it’s certainly more a reflection of the Dodgers wanting to protect against their investment. Friedman’s 10 seasons with the Rays certainly provides no indication he’s one to jump ship early.
With resources considerably less than what Friedman now has at his disposal, he ushered the Rays to one World Series appearance and two AL East titles. With the Dodgers having won the NL West in back-to-back seasons, Friedman is largely expected to help them get over the hump and win their first World Series since 1988.
The Dodgers managed to accomplish what multiple teams failed at in luring Friedman away from Tampa Bay and if Olney’s sources are correct, it came at quite the price. While Friedman has put together an impressive track record, he jumps into a situation where the expectation is to win, and win now.
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