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Confirmed: Angels met with Rays GM Andrew Friedman

Oct 20, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

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This morning Jason Collette of DRaysBay reported that Rays general manager Andrew Friedman dined Tuesday night with Angels owner Arte Moreno and president John Carpino, and now Ken Rosenthal of confirms the story.

Rosenthal adds that Friedman is the Angels’ top choice to replace Tony Reagins as general manager, although Friedman’s level of interest in the job is unclear.

Several other GM candidates have been linked to the Angels, including Kim Ng, Rick Hahn, Jerry Dipoto, and Damon Oppenheimer, but wooing Friedman away from the Rays–presumably with the promise of total control and three times as much payroll to work with–would be quite a coup for the Angels.

  1. cosanostra71 - Oct 20, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Yes please!

  2. bigleagues - Oct 20, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Here’s a couple of thoughts . . .

    Friedman ran the numbers and proposed the structure of how the Rays should operate when Sternberg was buying the team, right? Despite being an at-will employee, perhaps there is a promise of something bigger down the road from Sternberg to Friedman (i.e. ownership stake, if and when a new stadium becomes a reality and a new TV deal is finally signed after 2016).

    OR, perhaps Friedman is compensated far better than any of us could know, and his employment as an at-will employee is by design so that the full extent of his compensation isn’t formally disclosed.

    Just guesses, but there has to be something more to the ‘no contract’ aspect of his deal with Sternberg because he has certainly earned the leverage to ask for more security. If Moreno or Crane goes hard after Friedman and Friedman stays in Tampa, then my curiosity only grows.

  3. The Common Man - Oct 20, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    For as much crap as the Rays fans put up with about not caring about their team, let the record show that one of them spotted his team’s GM from across what was probably a busy restaurant, successfully identified who he was eating with, and immediately contacted the proper authorities (Jason Collette). That’s awesome.

    How many Twins fans, I wonder, could pick Bill Smith out of a lineup, let alone at The Spaghetti Factory or wherever?

    • sknut - Oct 20, 2011 at 5:53 PM

      Bill Smith is more of an Arby’s guy me thinks.

  4. bigharold - Oct 20, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    For all the buzz Theo Epstein gets for being a great GM, why aren’t the Cubs and even more people chasing this guy? He’s drafted and developed much better than Epstein or Cashman for that matter since 2004. If he had a reasonable amount of resources at his disposal he’d should be unstoppable.

    • bigleagues - Oct 20, 2011 at 8:55 PM

      That was a bit of an overstatement on your part.

      Also someone reported today (I think in the Chicago papers) that Epstein was in fact NOT the only candidate that Ricketts interviewed, quoting an unnamed current executive who Ricketts interviewed prior to Epstein.

      Maybe it was Friedman and maybe it wasn’t. We may never know. But also we shouldn’t assume other teams haven’t reached out.

  5. pitperc - Oct 20, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Yes please!

  6. undeadjesus - Oct 20, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    For a second, I thought the guy in the picture looked like he had Downs Syndrome

    • wihalofan - Oct 21, 2011 at 9:06 AM

      Am I a bad person because I laughed at this?

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