Andrew Friedman has done a lot of good as the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, but some of his trades have not looked as brilliant in hindsight.
The Los Angeles Dodgers hired Andrew Friedman away from the Tampa Bay Rays and inserted him as their President of Baseball Operations on October 14, 2014. At the time, Friedman was an up-and-coming executive with a penchant for making shrewd roster moves and building a talented prospect pool. Meanwhile, the Dodgers were coming out of a period of spending freely and determined that a change of mindset was needed in their decision-making departments.
It is hard to argue with the results thus far. Since taking over, Friedman’s Dodgers teams have won five-straight division titles (seven overall), won the National League pennant twice, fielded two Rookie of the Year winners and one MVP. All of this has been while paring down payroll and building one of baseball’s best farm systems.
In other words, Friedman has done everything the Dodgers have asked him to do, except delivering a World Series title.
Trophy aside, the Dodgers have built a perennial contender primarily from inside the organization. However, there have been cases where the organization has been forced to step outside and make trades to fill holes that, at the time, were thought to put the team over the top.
For his part, Friedman has lived up to his reputation and been shrewd when it comes to parting with the team’s top prospects to add short-term pieces. That’s allowed the team to hold onto the likes of Walker Buehler, Gavin Lux, Dustin May, Corey Seager, and others that now contribute at the major league level.
That isn’t to say that Friedman hasn’t had a few trades that he’s regretted over his tenure. There are a few that he would surely take back if he knew the result wouldn’t have equaled the cost.