“Will he stay or will he go now”?
Many of us have heard the rumors about Rays GM Andrew Friedman that branched off the firing of Cubs GM Jim Hendry on Friday. The Cubs have an vacant spot in their front office, and they’re out on a mission to find the best General Manager they can get. Unfortunately for the Rays, Andrew Friedman’s name comes up on that list. The Cubs and their owner, Tom Ricketts, know very well that Friedman is one of the best GMs in the MLB.
One feature Friedman has that attracts the Cubs, is that he isn’t under any contract with the Rays. But there’s a lot to like about Friedman. He has 6 years of experience with VP of Baseball Operations with the Rays, he turned a franchise around and won a pennant with a minimal payroll, and he is liked among the players. Ex-Rays Matt Garza and Carlos Pena, who are Cubs, spoke up about Friedman. Pena talked about how he turned a losing Devil Ray team into an American League champ. Garza said how he would love to have Friedman in Chicago. The Chicago Cubs are not the only underachieving NL team to target Friedman as a possible GM. The Astros are also interested in him. Kenny Friedman, Andrew’s father, has actually been interested in buying the club. If he does one day end up buying the Astros, it will be interesting how that plays out. Some good news about the Andrew Friedman rumors, is that he’s not the only GM that interests the Cubs. Brian Cashman name has come up, along with the A’s GM Billy Bean.
Cashman’s contract expires at the end of the season, so hopefully that’s a beacon in the Cubs’ interest. It’s always nice to know that you have a guy in the front office that always takes care of things. That’s why it’s great to have Andrew Friedman in town.
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