LOS ANGELES -- After spending over half a billion dollars in payroll the last two seasons with no World Series appearance to show for it, the Dodgers have made a huge change in the front office. The Dodgers have hired Andrew Friedman away from the Rays.
Friedman will be the president of baseball operations, with former general manager Ned Colletti remaining in the organization as a senior advisor to CEO Stan Kasten.
Friedman, who turns 38 in November, has been general manager of the Rays for nine seasons, averaging 90 wins over the last seven with a payroll in the lower rungs of baseball, with four playoff appearances and a World Series appearance in 2008.
"Andrew Friedman is one of the youngest and brightest minds in the game today and we are very fortunate to have him join our organization," said Kasten. "The success he has had over the past nine years in molding the Tampa Bay Rays team has been incredible."
It is an offseason of change in the Dodgers front office. Head of player development De Jon Watson took a job as a senior vice president of baseball operations with the new regime in Arizona, national crosschecker and longtime player development man and Stan Kasten ally Roy Clark left to rejoin the Braves, and special assistant to GM Rafael Chaves is now with the Phillies.
The Dodgers were 783-674 (.537) in Colletti's nine seasons as GM, averaging 87 wins per year. The Dodgers under Colletti won 90 games three times and made the playoffs five times, including both in each of the last two seasons. But they never advanced past the NLCS.
With nine years of service, Colletti had the fourth-longest tenure of any Dodgers general manager, a position the organization didn't utilize until 1950. The GMs with longer terms with the franchise were Al Campanis (1968-87), Buzzie Bavasi (1950-68) and Fred Claire (1987-98).
"Ned Colletti has played a major role in the success of the Los Angeles Dodgers over the last nine years and I’m thrilled that we are able to retain him as a special advisor to me," said Kasten. "Ned’s knowledge and experience in the game covering 33 years will be a great asset to the club as we continue to add and build our player development system."