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After over two months of rumors, it appears as Rays GM Andrew Friedman is staying put in Tampa Bay. Just a few days ago when the Los Angeles Angels announced that they were hiring the former Diamondback executive Jerry Dipoto, Rays Republic was able to take one big collective sigh of relief. This signing meant that Friedman was off the radar of another large-market team. The Friedman rumors ignited in August, when the Cubs fired their GM Jim Hendry. Immediately following this, Friedman’s name was quickly well-noticed on the list of possible replacements. At the time it was a big topic amongst Rays baseball; here’s a past article about it. It wasn’t ’till about a month later, that the Cubs found their man. The name is a well-known one; Theo Epstein. After getting Chicago out of the way, the Friedman subject started to flare up again when Andrew was spotted at a Florida restaurant with Halos’ owner Arte Moreno. Right after that occurrence, it was Tweeted that Friedman was the Angels number 1 choice for GM.
Apparently there was more circumstances involved, as the Angels found someone else to fill the role. The Rays really do need Friedman for real success. He is the man that turned the franchise around and helped build a championship-caliber baseball club. To be honest, I couldn’t picture the Rays without the guy. He’s done amazing things and hopefully the Rays will witness more for many years to come.
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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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