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Andrew Friedman highly unlikely to take Astros’ GM job

Dec 5, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

Andrew Friedman stands in the dugout prior to the continuation of World Series in Philadelphia

Andrew Friedman leaving the Rays for the Astros was always seen as a long shot, but now it sounds like Houston never really had a chance.

In fact, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times is hearing that Friedman “already has decided against taking the Astros job.”

Friedman is from Texas and obviously the Astros’ payroll leaves a lot more room to maneuver than he currently has in Tampa Bay, but his relationship with Rays management is said to be extremely strong and the Astros’ gig isn’t exactly very appealing from an organizational talent point of view.

Several of the Astros’ other GM targets have already turned down chances to interview for the job.

  1. stex52 - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Friedman was always the dream scenario. But some guys are really underestimating the upside of this job. It’s a big mess now, but a lot of the dead wood is cleared away and the potential for salary expansion as the record improves is large. And this town follows a winner big time.

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    I believe that the former Blue Jay GM is available. He may have learned from his mistakes and he was not a complete disaster in Toronto.

  3. raysfan1 - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Good. Can everybody stop throwing the name of my team’s GM every time a major front office position comes open now? …I know, of course not, he’s done a great job, so everyone immediately puts him on their wish list for these positions & everyone thinks they might have a shot because they can likely throw a lot more $$$ his way than he gets to play with now.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:30 PM

      Psst, Cashman is leaving the Bronx for the Astros. Pass it on.

  4. rohlo - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    meanwhile he will prob have to stay in tampa where they have peaked,and they have to beg fans in tampa st. pete to come to their games.. of course its gonna be a down situation coming to the astros with them re-building…the rays sucked real bad when he got there.thing is in houston they wouldnt have to beg fans to attend games when they get back to respectable ball and he would have much more money to work with in houston than he does in tampa and he wouldnt have to contend in a division with the yankess and redsox..im just saying!!!

    • paperlions - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:40 PM

      True, but if you spend so many years building something….do you stick around to enjoy the fruits of your labors or do you just ship to start all over again? I guess it depends on if you favor the journey or the destination.

      • paperlions - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:40 PM

        *jump ship, not just ship

      • stex52 - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:51 PM

        It’s possible to do both. Hunsicker was at Houston from 1995 to 2004. His contract was longer, but he and McClane couldn’t get along anymore. Say what you will about Crane, I expect him to run a more professional organization than McClane. Wade may have not done a particularly distinguished job, but a lot of the dirty work of reorganizing the farm system is done. Houston is really hungry for a winner. The guy who puts them back to respectability could stay for a long time.

      • paperlions - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:04 PM

        Yes, but why risk it? Friedman can already stay a long time with an organization that he knows he likes to work for and with a group of people with which he already has developed good working relationships…in other words, he already has what you say he could have in Houston….so…why throw away the thing you have and love/like for the unknown? Isn’t the best he could do in Houston what he’s already doing in Tampa?

      • stex52 - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:22 PM

        I wasn’t thinking of Friedman. He was always just a dream for some Houston sportswriters (although he may have trouble down the road if TB can’t drum up more interest). I was thinking about all of these assistant GM’s who don’t show much interest. They could build themselves a situation as good as his.

      • stex52 - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:26 PM

        Missed the fact that this particular thread started about Friedman. Sorry about that. But my points remain the same for someone else.

  5. rohlo - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    it will be funny when the rays bottom out as the astros are rising from the worst season in franchise history and rebuilding. with ticket sales low in tampa st pete and the team at its peak its hard to say what the rays future holds.will the team even survive in tampa? guess people are a little more interested in going to a strip club on dale mabry prkwy..if i still lived in florida i would go.but then again im an astro fan who used to go to the stros spring training games in cocoa ,fl when i was a kid…

    • raysfan1 - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:58 PM

      The lack of fans is distressing, and a big part of why I took my handle when I first started posting on this site a couple years ago.

      However, there are reasons for it beyond the obvious stadium issue. The economy in FL is abysmal, for one. On the other hand, it’s not exactly humming to the point a bunch of other cities are hovering around trying to help them get out of their lease either. For the next few years the Rays are going to stay put. After that, I would not be surprised to see a move–to the east side of Tampa to increase accessibility to Orlando.

      The Rays will always be a small market team, but unless they do lose the front office talent and/or manager, they will not “bottom out” as they put their priority into maintaining their farm system and locking up the young talent through their arbitration years. Look at this year, few predicted they would have a winning record let alone make the playoffs.

      • rohlo - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:14 PM

        i hear you on the economy there.i was raised in central florida and was out there for two months this past summer. when hunsicker went to the rays from houston he didnt really get to bear the fruits of his hard work..he built that team that went to the world series and went to the playoffs for the better part of a 10 year span from late 90′s to mid/late 2000′s.. i know the bucs attendance is hurting too..i root for the bucs.they were the first football team i ever watched as a kid in late 70′s at the old sombrerro.. i was at the divisonal playoff game in 79 before they went and lost to the rams in the nfc champ.its a shame though because like most small to mid market teams wether its a player /manager/or gm when they become in demand in bigger markets they usually bolt.
        problem is i dont see how the rays are gonna be able to compete down the road finacially when attendance is so low for a winning team.sooner or later the well will run dry unfortuantely as the players they develop(carl crawford types) leave for big money that the rays cant pay. i just wonder if friedman thinks about that cause the astros are his hometown team and he’ll have more money to work with there.to me it would be a challenge kinda why theo epstein left boston to take on the cubs challenge of shaking their jinx. baseball needs a salary cap so bad and i cant believe it wasnt even a issue in the new deal they just reached..the playing field is not level and its the big thing i hate about MLB and the reason it will be second fiddle to the nfl forever!

      • raysfan1 - Dec 5, 2011 at 6:25 PM

        Friedman’s now had multiple offers on the table to be the GM for organizations with deeper pockets, and not bitten.

        I don’t think it’s impossible to lure him away from the Rays, but it’ll take more than money–a club presidency perhaps.

        I think everyone agrees that the current stadium is untenable long-term, but they aren’t getting a new one–in any city– until the economy improves, and then it’s most likely to come from the Tampa Bay area.

        As for being competitive, they can continue their current M.O. as long as they can maintain their current organization with its ability to recognize and develop talent. Once those organizational personnel start leaving, then they may hit some lean years if their replacements aren’t as talented.

      • rohlo - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:09 PM

        i agree if they keep the same M.O. right now they will be ok.. as of now friedman has turned down the astros..being an astro fan and someone who was pulling for the rays in the AL in the world series i am happy for rays fans..friedman is total class and i applaude him for being different than other baseball execs who chase money over loyalty and stability..congrats to the rays for keeping him…

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