The Dodgers might not have made any major Winter Meetings splash for the moment but they already have a win. It appears as though they will be keeping on Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations Josh Byrnes after potentially losing him to another team.
Byrnes was reported to have been pursuing a general manager job with another MLB team. The latest report was that he did interview with the Angels for their opening prior to hiring Perry Minasian and that he also was in the running for the Phillies’ President of Baseball Operations. Byrnes has officially pulled out of that race.
Dodgers senior VP Josh Byrnes has decided to stay in LA and won’t remain in the running for the Phillies’ president of baseball operations job, sources say.
The Phillies continue to talk to former Marlins GM Michael Hill and other candidates. But their timetable remains unclear.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 9, 2020
Byrnes was brought on board by the Dodgers after they hired Andrew Friedman as their President of Baseball Operations. When Farhan Zaidi left the team to take over the helm with the Giants, Los Angeles opted to not hire a traditional General Manager. Instead, Friedman took over all duties associated with the role with help from Byrnes and the other front office members.
Friedman and Byrnes made their new front office known from the moment they arrived to the Dodgers in 2014. That powerhouse front office traded Matt Kemp to the division-rival Padres and signed pitcher Brandon McCarthy to a 4-year deal.
That was also the same Winter Meetings in which Los Angeles traded for Jimmy Rollins and traded Dee Gordon to Miami. The Miami move would ultimately set the table for what would eventually lead to the Dodgers 2020 World Series title. Now, let’s see if they can make a few more splashes at this year’s winter meetings.
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