If you are not of that ilk, then you will not be offended, but if you are, I have to ask… and I’d like to know:Why do you hate Andrew Friedman so much?Note:This is just not directed to LA Dodger Talk’s readers – This is across the blogosphere.
You may say you don’t but that is total BULL, and you know that. You hate him! You’ve hated him since he was hired and I simply cannot comprehend why. Theo Epstien was hired by the Cubs and blew the team up. They sucked and then rebuilt and won a World Series. Jeff Luhnow did the same for the Astros. Andrew Friedman was hired by the Dodgers with the explicit instructions to build up the farm and win in the process. He was not afforded the luxury of trading away talent for prospects and tanking to amass draft picks. To the best of my knowledge, that has never been done before… until Andrew Friedman came to the Dodgers 4 years ago.
Well, Friedman built up the farm system. He built a front office and scouting staff second to none. He took the Dodgers to the NLDS his first year. The second year he took them to the NLCS and the next two years he took them to the World Series! Yes, they lost, but in his tenure he has made the payoffs 100% of the time and the World Series 50% of the time. Some of the blame has to go to the players. Friedman put together a team that got there… and the players didn’t step up.
Some of you say that all the strikeouts and poor situational hitting is boring and criticize Friedman for that. Well, guess what? He is not happy about that either and decided to go a bold different directon. He hired Robert Van Scoyoc (RVS) who could be best be described as aTed Williams Disciple. Many of you want to call him a new age hitting launch angle guy, but he is so much more than that . He’s all about cutting down on your swing and “pushing the ball” when you have 2 strikes. He’s a guy who can have a huge influence on CT3. He want to establish a better hitting environment and culture. Some will say “Good Luck with that.” You should know that between 2016 and 2017, the Astros did exactly that. That which gets measured, gets done.
… AND YET, THAT IS NOT ENOUGH!
Are you kidding me? He didn’t blow up the team. He didn’t tank the team. He kept them competative, just like Stan Kasten mandated and some of you still complain. GO TO KANSAS CITY! (I wanted to say somewhere else) You deserve to be there.
Here’s where I really lose it: “It’s starting to look like the trade with the Reds is just a salary dump and not much more.” OMG! Why would you even say that unless you have a deep-seated hatred of Andrew? Why on earth would you ask if the trade is simply a salary dump? I’ll tell you why: You hate Andrew Friedman. Hopefully, it is not for what some think. Hopefully you are just jaded because you are upet that the Dodgers have not won the World Series since 1988 and you just want to kick the cat in the driver’s seat!
It was just a few days ago that Friedman traded Puig, Kemp, Wood and Farmer for Homer Bailey and two minor league prospects. Since has has not make another trade or signed a free agent since then, you are quick to assume that it was just a salary dump, because you hate Andrew Friedman. HELLO? In case you haven’t noticed, the activity this off season has been very light so far. Four or five teams have dropped out of the JT Realmuto Sweepstakes because the Miami Jeters are asking for the moon and stars. Other teams wouldn’t pay the asking price and neither will Friedman. He wants Realmuto, but he is not going to trade Bellinger, Ruiz, Lux or Verdugo for him.
The Dodgers are still in because it makes perfect sense to trade for him with Dodger catching prospects likely a year or two away. Right after the World Series I predicted that the Dodgers would try to trade for Realmuto and I was roundly criticized. Well, they are trying to trade for him and hopefully the Marlins price drops…. because Friedman is not trading Bellinger, Ruiz, Lux or Verdugo for him. He might trade the two Reds prospects, Joc Pederson or Andrew Toles and a couple of other top prospects not named Ruiz, Lux or Verdugo.
Why even single out Friedman for a single deal when the market is slow? Because you hate him, that’s why! There were about 550 major and minor league free agents at the start of the offseason. There are still around 425. Players are asking too much. GM’s aren’t going to pay it. GM’s are asking too much for their players. Other GM’s are not going to overpay. They have seen that the Dodgers have been most successful when they don’t do dope-fiend deals and they are copying them.
Bryce Harper is allegedly enamoured with the Dodgers and some “Insiders” have projected that the Dodgers are the team most likely to sign him. I do not agree. Friedman will not overpay for Bryce… nor should he. If Bryce truly wants to be a Dodger, Andrew will give him a good contract, but he won’t get the one Borass wanted… not even close. The Red Sox waited a long time to sign JD Martinez and it was at THEIR price, not his. I think history is going to show that Andrew Friedman had a big hand in causing baseball salaries to drop. Last year was the first time in 30 years that the average salary in baseball dropped.
The Dodgers have been talking to the Tigers about Nick Castellanos, whom I am shocked many fans don’t like. Yes, he is on a 1-year deal, but he will be 27 and the Dodgers would have an excellent opportunity to sign him as they will extend the QO to him. Some point to his defense, but he has improved and evidently wants to continue. His best days are ahead of him – put him in a lineup where there are other good hitters around him and you will see him blossom. If you trade for players based upon what they ARE or WERE, you have sight, not vision.
Andrew knew they needed a guy like Joe Kelley who could set up, pitch multiple innings and be a piece of the bridge to Jansen, so they got him quickly. The Dodgers have identified Realmuto and Castellanos as players they want. The Tigers and Marlins are asking for as much as they can get, but ultimately, they will have to trade those players. Allegedly, the Tigers are asking for Ruiz or Verdugo. Andrew won’t include either one. So, he waits. Maybe Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray are a part of a package for Casty. Throw in another prospect or two, not named Ruiz, Lux or Verdugo and I don’t think the Tigers can do much better. The worst case is that Nick puts up a monster season and the Dodgers end up with another draft pick and sign another Free Agent 3B in 2020 (pick one).
Friedman acted decisively in obtaining Kelly and dumping Kemp, Puig and Wood. He could have just not signed them and not extended the QO to Ryu if he wanted to just cut salary. That would have saved him $37 million and maybe he could have attached Kemp’s contract to Joc, or CT3… shoot he could have attached Kemp to Bellinger and saved another $21 million if he just wanted to cut payroll. If he just wanted to dump payroll, he would not have signed Kershaw. When people say that the Puig, Kemp and Wood trade was just a payroll dump, do you know how illogical that sounds? In a vacuum it was a payroll dump, but in reality it clears the way for additional players. Whether that happens now, in February or at the trade deadline remains to be seen, but if the Dodgers want to just dump payroll, there are a lot better ways than that… and they wouldn’t have had to eat Homer Bailey’s salary. You have no argument! You just have an irrational hatred of Andrew Friedman and it is completely irrational, because he may be the best thing that has happened to the Dodgers in the past 30 years!
- Allegedly, Yasmani Grandal turned down a 4 year/$60 million deal with the Mets before they lost interest and signed Wilson Ramos. That was a dope-fiend move. He likely won’t get a deal close to that and there is a chance he has to come back for one more year.
- … and we wait!
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