The Los Angeles Dodgers’ decision to create the president of baseball operations position in effort to lure Andrew Friedman away from the Tampa Bay Rays was only part of the front office makeover.
Senior vice president of baseball operations was among the other positions created, and it was filled by Josh Byrnes, who joined the club with years of experience as a general manager under his belt. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Byrnes may get another opportunity to lead a front office as he’s a candidate for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim general manager vacancy:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 26, 2015
While Rosenthal noted the role Byrnes is under consideration for may include baseball operations, Bill Shaikin of the LA Times reports the Angels will only hire a general manager:
#Angels plan for now is to hire GM, not a GM and another senior baseball executive such as president of baseball operations.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) September 26, 2015
Prior to joining the Dodgers, Byrnes was the San Diego Padres’ GM since October 2011; he was fired in June of last year. Byrnes also held the same position with the Arizona Diamondbacks from October 2005 – July 2010. Over the combined eight seasons as GM, Byrnes’ clubs posted a winning record twice.