LOS ANGELES -- The first big loss of the Andrew Friedman era comes with Logan White leaving to take a job in the Padres front office, as first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, leaving the Dodgers with three important positions to fill.
White, who in June interviewed for the Padres general manager job that eventually went to A.J. Preller, will now work with Preller in San Diego. White's role in San Diego will reportedly be as senior adviser to Preller as well as pro scouting director, per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.
The Dodgers at this moment are without a general manager (at least in title), an amateur scouting director and a director of player development. It is assumed Arizona Fall League onlooker Josh Byrnes will be in one of those roles, though nothing has yet been announced officially.
"I think having as much intellectual firepower, attacking all the different decisions we have is a good thing," Friedman said on Oct. 17. "I think people coming at situations is a fresher perspective is helpful."
White was with the Dodgers for 13 seasons, including the last two as vice president of amateur scouting. His primary function during his tenure in Los Angeles was running the draft, which began with bountiful drafts in 2002-2003 that produced Russell Martin, James Loney, Jonathan Broxton, Matt Kemp, Chad Billingsley and, eventually, A.J. Ellis, plus other major leaguers including Eric Stults, James McDonald and Wesley Wright.
The Dodgers draft record since then has been spotty outside of selecting Clayton Kershaw seventh overall in 2006. Dee Gordon, picked in the fourth round in 2008, did make an impact in 2014 but from 2004 to present, the player drafted and signed by the Dodgers to produce the second-most Wins Above Replacement (Baseball-Reference version) to Kershaw is Nathan Eovaldi, with all of 3.8 career WAR to date.
Not that all of that was necessarily White's fault, with a lack of player development also a huge factor - and head of player development De Jon Watson now gone to Arizona - plus the Frank McCourt era saw the Dodgers slash its infrastructure budget to the bone.
At the time of his departure, White leaves the Dodgers with three of the top 20 prospects in baseball in shorstop Corey Seager (first round pick in 2012), outfielder Joc Pederson (11th round pick in 2010) and 17-year-old left-handed pitcher Julio Urias (signed out of Mexico in 2012).
But White contributed much more to the Dodgers than heading the draft. He was also integral in international scouting and key to the signings of Hiroki Kuroda, Yasiel Puig, Hyun-jin Ryu and Urias.