Prior to the Los Angeles Dodgers starting postseason play, Ken Rostenthal of FOX Sports said they could be among the teams that would make front office changes if their playoff run was short-lived.
The Dodgers were eliminated in four games and it was rumored then-general manager Ned Colletti was in danger of losing his job. On Tuesday, Colletti was relieved of his duties as the Dodgers hired Andrew Friedman as president of baseball operations.
While Colletti lost his role as GM, he was retained as a senior advisor to president and CEO, Stan Kasten. While the perception may be the changes were in response to the Dodgers failing to make it out of the NLDS, Kasten denied the notion, via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
That’s just silly. I don’t have a quick trigger. That’s not how we do things here. It’s not about this season. It was a good season, we won 94 games. It’s purely about the long-term big picture.”
Given the new position that was created for Friedman and Colletti’s reassignment, Kasten admitted to not yet knowing how the front office will shake out and said more changes could come. Colletti was hired as GM in 2005 and helped usher the Dodgers to the playoffs in three of his first four years in the role and five overall appearances.
Friedman’s hire signals another step in the Dodgers’ efforts to get up to speed with sabermetrics and developing talent from within. Friedman excelled in those areas with the Tampa Bay Rays and he has a core of prospects to lead his efforts in Los Angeles.
Along with further developing the farm system, Friedman will have the power, or luxury, of being able to sign and re-sign marquee players as opposed to needing to cash in before they hit free agency.