The Dodgers will formally introduce Andrew Friedman in a press conference later this week, but on Tuesday president and CEO Stan Kasten and former general manager and new special adviser Ned Colletti spoke with reporters on a conference call.
Here is a summary of that call, of which the main takeaway is that manager Don Mattingly, with two years left on his contract, is still expected to manage in 2015, after which current Rays manager Joe Maddon happens to be a free agent.
Expect more changes to the front office as well, which was expected with the recent departures of De Jon Watson, Roy Clark and Rafael Chaves, plus the current lack of a general manager to work with Friedman, the president of baseball operations.
Kasten: this is not about a playoff series that we lost. In regards to change of role for Colletti. "This was purely about our big picture"— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) October 14, 2014
Ned Colletti: "I’ve known Andrew since the day he walked into a GMs meeting for the first time. We’ve been friends for a long time."— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) October 14, 2014
Colletti on his new role, "Helping Stan and helping Andrew". I refuse to let ego get in the way.— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) October 14, 2014
Ned Colletti: "You know what? Nine years is a long time. Especially these nine years."— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) October 14, 2014
Kasten on Colletti: "His role is going to be different and frankly this happened so fast we're not million pct sure how it's going to work"— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) October 14, 2014
Kasten said we can expect Mattingly to return as manager.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) October 14, 2014
Will Dodgers hire a new GM? Stan: "That’s up to Andrew. I think that’s his current contemplation. That’s a subject for tomorrow."— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) October 14, 2014
#Dodgers Stan Kasten would not say when pursuit of Friedman began. Did receive permission from TB Rays but no compensation involved— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) October 14, 2014
Stan Kasten said he anticipates Don Mattingly returning, said Joe Maddon to L.A. not "an issue"— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) October 14, 2014
Kasten said he anticipates more changes -- he called them "additions" -- to #Dodgers front office i.e. scouting, player development heads— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) October 14, 2014
I would have had direct quotes for you, but I was not invited to participate in the conference call, which has been par for the course in my relationship with Colletti. By contrast, I was invited with other beat writers for an informal sit-down with manager Don Mattingly last week.
I eagerly await dealing with Andrew Friedman, who I presume will at least occasionally call me by name and will look in the eye someone who spends most of his life covering this team.