We already knew Josh Byrnes was a favorite to fill a role in the Dodgers' new Andrew Friedman-led front office, as reported on Friday. But the baseball operations hot stove reached a new high on Tuesday, when Byrnes watched five Dodgers minor leaguers play in an Arizona Fall League game alongside Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten at Camelback Ranch in Glendale.
Josh Byrnes with #Dodgers' Kasten at Fall League game at Camelback Ranch. Byrnes expected to join front office; position not yet specified.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 21, 2014
Special adviser Pat Corrales was also there with Kasten and Byrnes, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
As noted by both Rosenthal and Gurnick, the position for Byrnes isn't known, nor is the team confirming anything. But the Dodgers are currently without both a general manager and a director of player development.
Friedman was asked directly on Friday if Byrnes was among the Dodgers' candidates for general manager, but the new president of baseball operations wouldn't bite on the question, saying only, "I've talked to a lot of people about a lot of things."
The Glendale Desert Dogs lost Tuesday's home game watched by current and potentially future Dodgers brass, but five Dodgers minor leaguers saw action in the game. Corey Seager played shortstop and was 2-for-5. Darnell Sweeney played second base and was 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored, and an error.
Scott Schebler was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Pitchers Daniel Coulombe and Blake Smith combined for 1⅔ scoreless innings with five strikeouts and two walks.
"We'll bring in as many good, dynamic people as we can," Friedman said on Friday about his new front office.