Andrew Friedman Rumors
Brendan Bianowicz has more updates to the GM Trade History series. Today he covers the AL East. Check out the Excel spreadsheets below to see trades, free agent signings, and notable draft picks for each GM.
- Baltimore Orioles - Andy MacPhail
- Boston Red Sox - Theo Epstein
- New York Yankees - Brian Cashman
- Tampa Bay Rays - Andrew Friedman
- Toronto Blue Jays - J.P. Ricciardi and Alex Anthopoulos
On this day 22 years ago the Cubs traded Ron Cey to the A's. Cey, a six-time All-Star, would only play 45 games for Oakland. "The Penguin" would retire following the 1987 season. With two weeks to go until pitchers and catchers report, teams are still finalizing their 2009 rosters. Let's take a look at what is being written in the Blogosphere...
- Baseball Handyman examines the bench constructed by the Mets this off-season and how unimpressive it is.
- Jorge Says No! re-examines the market for Manny Ramirez.
- My Pinstripes takes a look at the current state of the Yankees roster and how it can still change before opening day.
- River Ave. Blues says Adam Dunn is a "tempting target" for the Yankees and should remain on their radar until he signs.
- Bucco Blog sees the Pirates giving arbitration-eligible players long-term deals that do not buy out free agency years and feels the team is only attempting to keep payroll as low as possible and not trying to build a competitive team.
- Astros Country says Jake Peavy being traded to the Cubs would be the worst thing that could happen to the Astros this offseason.
- Braves Blast says that losing John Smoltz and Chipper Jones in consecutive seasons is not an option for Braves fans.
- Batter's Box ranks the GMs statistically with Andrew Friedman coming out on top.
- UmpBump is wrapping up their "Hot Offseason Action" series looking at what each team did to improve this off-season.
- MLB Notebook takes a look at a few signings and compares them to the player they replaced.
- Midwest Sports Fans discusses Rich Hill's struggles.
Yahoo's Tim Brown filed a column late last night; let's take a look.
- Scott Boras doesn't know of any kind of contingency where the Dodgers would have to unload Andruw Jones' contract before signing Manny Ramirez.
- The Angels have not yet made an offer to Mark Teixeira, but they'll deal with that situation before moving on to other needs. Boras is suggesting Teixeira pays for himself.
- Boras compared Joe Crede to Magglio Ordonez. I think he is implying that he may seek big money for Crede but allow a team to opt out after a year if he hits the DL for back problems.
- Ken Williams spoke up manufacturing runs, while Billy Beane still prefers walks and homers.
- Rays GM Andrew Friedman doesn't have a contract, but he isn't concerned.
Links for Friday...
- The Padres claimed second baseman Travis Denker off waivers from the Giants. Surprising to see the Giants let him go.
- Ted Berg at MetsBlog explains how a Carlos Beltran rumbling spun out of control.
- I recently did a Brewers Q&A with Bernie's Crew.
- The Padres called yesterday's report about John Moores selling his share of the team "highly speculative." Tim Sullivan considers the statement revealing, and notes that this is a bad time to sell.
- Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times chatted with Scott Boras.
- Mark Cuban mentions that the struggling economy is slowing down the sale of the Cubs.
- Terry Pluto believes the Indians should pursue Brian Roberts.
- David Brown at Yahoo profiles Theo Epstein and Andrew Friedman.
- Freddy Garcia is headed to winter ball. The Tigers will have the first crack at signing him. Andruw Jones will also play winter ball; he seems to want a trade if he's not a starter next year.
- Elbow surgery for Tom Gordon, which probably means the Phillies will buy out his '09 option for $1MM.
Let's round up today's random links.
- The Pirates received catcher Robinzon Diaz from the Blue Jays in the Jose Bautista deal. Not too shabby, he should develop into a credible cheap backup.
- Yahoo's Gordon Edes sees Manny Ramirez playing for the Mets in '09.
- The point continues to be hammered home - the Indians intend to acquire a proven closer this winter. Brian Fuentes seems a reasonable target.
- RotoAuthority takes a closer look at Cliff Lee.
- Rockies manager Clint Hurdle wants to see if Livan Hernandez fits into their plans for 2009. Hernandez has allowed a remarkable 224 hits in 152 innings - a rate that will rank second in baseball history if he can reach the 162 innings needed to qualify. Even Jose Lima can't make that claim.
- J.C. Bradbury notes that the Braves' attempts to extend star players acquired via trade have been largely unsuccessful.
- Outs Per Swing chats with Rays exec Andrew Friedman.
- Danny Knobler surveyed scouts about Francisco Rodriguez's stuff.
MLBTR contributor Brendan Bianowicz is back with another GM Trade History. This time it's Andrew Friedman of the Rays. Click here to download the spreadsheet. Check out previous GMs in the series here.