… and Scott Boras is apt put out a hit on Andrew at any time. Andrew should consider getting Secret Service protection. Currently, the Secret Service protects the most hated man in the America and Friedman is currently the most hated man among agents.
What? Who? Why?
The lack of movement in the Hot Stove League, especially among the upper-echelon free agents falls squarely at the feet of one Andrew Friedman. Yes, he’s the culprit. He did it. He caused this stalemate between agents and MLB teams. Soon, the free agents are going to start shouting that the owners and GM’s are colluding so as to not pay their clients and preventing the agents from getting some really great commissions from those contracts…. and it’s all Andrew Friedman’s fault!
You see, when Friedman came to the Dodgers three years ago, he made some sweeping changes, but he was loathe to hand out big deals to Free Agents. Not counting Hector Olivera (one of Friedman’s mistakes), who was soon traded for a nice return, Andrew has not given out a free agent contract of more than $48 million to anyone except his own Free Agents… and none of those have even approached $90 million.
The results have been nothing short of spectacular! The farm system has been rebuilt and is flourishing, but since he was hired, the Dodgers have went a step further each year:
- 2015 – NLDS
- 2016 – NLCS
- 2017 – World Series
Now, they have to win it all in 2018 to show progress… but I digress! While other teams were signing big free agent deals for hundreds and hundreds of millions, the Dodgers were trading for players like Chris Taylor and signing players like Brandon Morrow. Sure, FAZ made some blunders… like McCarthy and Kazmir, but not too many zeros were attached to their names.
Friedman has been swindled, as has every baseball President or GM, but he has managed to minimize the damage by not giving out nine figure long-term contracts like these:
- Gioncarlo Stanton – $325 Million
- David Price – $217 Million
- Zack Greinke – $206 Million
- Jason Heyward – $184 Million (even the great Theo Epstien got swindled)
Look at the complete list at Cot’s Contracts and you might conclude that huge, unconscionable, outlandish, insane, moronic, stupid contracts are usually not the path to success… actually it might be the path to failure.
Andrew Friedman knows that, lives that and preaches that. Other teams are seeing what the Dodgers and Astros have done and are now loathe to make dope-fiend moves such as signing Yu Darvish for $180 million, signing JD Martinez for $200 million, signing Jake Arrieta for $150 million and on and on!
Andrew Friedman did that! Blame it all on him, but it was about time that most (if not all) baseball organizations realize that you don’t have to overpay to win, but you might overpay to lose.
Blame it all on Andrew Friedman!
Photo credit – THE LA TIMES… in which Andrew Friedman is doing his best Ray Charles imitation.