Josh Byrnes with #Dodgers' Kasten at Fall League game at Camelback Ranch. Byrnes expected to join front office; position not yet specified.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 21, 2014
The Los Angeles Dodgers began their off-season earlier than expected, which allowed them to get an early jump on shaking up their front office. They did so by hiring former Tampa Bay Rays general manager Andrew Friedman as the president of baseball operations.
With his new position, Friedman has the power to hire a general manager of his choice and could be looking at former Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres frontman Josh Byrnes, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:
Josh Byrnes, the former general manager of the Diamondbacks and Padres, is seen as a leading candidate for the top executive job under new club president Andrew Friedman with the Dodgers, league sources said.
Byrnes was let go by the Padres June 22 after being with the organization since 2010. He began his stint as vice president of baseball operations before being promoted to GM after the 2011 season when Jed Hoyer joined the Chicago Cubs.
Byrnes began his tenure tasked with helping the Padres get out of the NL West basement as the team finished the season last in the standings. While leading the Padres, Byrnes struggled to field a roster capable of competing for the NL West as the Padres failed to surpass more than 76 wins in a season.
Despite his troubles in San Diego, Byrnes is believed to have baseball philosophy similar to Friedman, which would make the pairing likely. In addition, Byrnes has had experience in a big market and the media pressure having served as assistant general manager for the Boston Red Sox.
Friedman has been on the job for less than a week, but has already indicated the team will be looking for a general manager. In his introductory press conference Friday, he said he’d held multiple conversations with several candidates, but didn’t have a timeframe on a hire.