Friedman to Dodgers a Great Move, But Do They Have Too Many Chiefs?

It was a great move on the part of the best team money can buy to bring in now former Tampa Bay General Manager Andrew Friedman to the front office, but shouldn’t he have been named the new general manager, and not “President of Baseball Operations”, with a new general manager working under him? Doesn’t “President of Baseball Operations” resemble the position that part-owner Stan Kasten has with the organization? No, wait, Kasten is CEO, not President.

But who will be doing what, and aren’t there way too many competing positions at the top of the baseball operations part of the organization? You’ve got Kasten at the very top,

you've got his new advisor, until Monday the Dodgers' GM, Ned Colletti, you've got Friedman, the guy brought in to renovate, re-organize and restore the organization, and you have the open spot for the guy who will be called the new GM, but would seemingly and hopefully be that in name only, and only tasked with carrying out the grunt work as assigned by Friedman.

It's been asked did the Dodgers jump maybe too quickly after being eliminated from the playoffs
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without winning a single series, which at least they accomplished last season? The clear answer is NO, on two levels. First, if an Andrew Friedman is available, you HAVE to jump on the possibility of getting him – that opportunity will likely never come again, and second, any chance at all to possibly get rid of the empty uniform non manager don mattingly cannot be ignored. A new general manager generally wants to bring in his own guy to manage, and even though Friedman will be the “President of Baseball Operations”

and not the GM, the principle is the same - get the old guy out, bring in the new guy. And just maybe, though most likely if would take another agonizing year, that guy will be Joe Maddon.

Maddon has proven himself to be one of baseball's best
through his tenure in Tampa Bay, but he has one year to go on his contract. It is unlikely that the Dodgers could make a trade for him now, as that would without question mean giving up one of the organization’s three great prospects, but Maddon has now said that he wants a new long-term contract. If Tampa, and the new guy in charge, doesn’t want to do it, then he is ripe to leave, if not now, in a year.

So, the odds are that we are stuck with the empty uniform for yet another season, but if we can look ahead and hope to see Maddon in Dodgers’ blue in 2016, maybe it won’t be quite a agonizing. Maybe.

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