Andrew Friedman takes name out of Red Sox mix

Rob Bradford
October 14, 2019 - 4:54 pm

It was an interesting idea. It's also not going to happen.

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman became another well-established name that won't be in the mix for the Red Sox general manager/president of baseball operations job, telling the Los Angeles media that he is close to re-signing with the Dodgers. Friedman just completed the final year of a five-year deal.

A major league source suggested the idea of Friedman's candidacy had diminished for the Red Sox well before Monday's announcement.

The 42-year-old represented a high-end option to replace Dave Dombrowski, having built the Dodgers into one of the game's model franchises since taking over in 2014. The creativity Friedman exhibited while running the Rays -- starting as a 28-year-old general manager in 2015 -- to managing the big-market Dodgers painted the kind of picture the Red Sox would seem to be craving.

Principal owner John Henry did say on the final weekend of the regular season the organization would be looking for a candidate with previous experience as a general manager, citing the numerous challenges in forming the Red Sox' future.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein also eliminated his name from consideration, while Massachusetts native Mike Hazen (Diamondbacks) recently agreed to a contract extension, with the Twins' Derek Falvey -- also a local product -- reportedly on the verge of extending his tenure in Minnesota.