Andrew Friedman

Andrew Friedman (born November 13, 1976 in Houston, Texas)[1] is a baseball executive who is currently the President of Baseball Operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously served as the general manager for MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays, where Sporting News named him Executive of the Year in 2008. That year, for the first time in franchise history, the Rays both qualified for the playoffs and played in the World Series.

Andrew Friedman
Andrew Friedman 2011
Friedman in 2011.
BornNovember 13, 1976 (age 42)
Alma materTulane University
OccupationPresident of the Los Angeles Dodgers
Years active2005–present
OrganizationLos Angeles Dodgers

Early and personal life

Friedman was born to a Jewish family in Houston, Texas.[2][3] His father J. Kent Friedman, a lawyer, had played college baseball for Tulane.[4][5] Friedman attended and played baseball as a center fielder and leadoff hitter for Episcopal High School in Houston.[6]

He subsequently attended Tulane University on a baseball scholarship, where he played center field for the Green Wave but was hit by a pitch that broke his left hand in the fall of his freshman year, and then after returning from that injury the following year separated his left shoulder while sliding headfirst into third base.[6][7] He earned a B.S. in management with a concentration in finance at Tulane's Freeman School of Business in 1999.[6][8]

Friedman was then an analyst with Bear Stearns from 1999–2002, and then was an associate at MidMark Capital, a private equity firm, from 2002-04.

He and his wife, Robin, live in Pasadena, California, with their sons Ethan Jack and Zachary Evan, and their daughter Sadie Rose.[9]


Tampa Bay Rays

In 2003, Friedman met Stuart Sternberg, the new owner of the Tampa Bay Rays. They realized they had similar ideas about the game and wanted to work together.[10]

From 2004 to 2005, Friedman served as the Director of Baseball Development for the Rays. He was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager after the 2005 season, at the age of 28, replacing the club's first general manager, Chuck LaMar, who was fired following the club's eighth losing season in its eight years of existence.[11]

Friedman gradually rebuilt the team, and it paid off in 2008 when the Rays made the postseason for the first time in franchise history, and advanced all the way to the World Series. For his efforts, he was named as Baseball Executive of the Year by Sporting News.[12] They also made the playoffs in 2010, 2011 and 2013 under his tenure.

Los Angeles Dodgers

On October 14, 2014, it was announced that Friedman had left the Rays to become the President of Baseball Operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers.[13] His contract with the Dodgers was reported at $35 million for five years, making him the highest-paid front-office executive in baseball.[14] Upon joining the Dodgers, team president and CEO Stan Kasten called Friedman "one of the youngest and brightest minds in the game today."[15]

Friedman hired former Oakland Athletics executive Farhan Zaidi as the Dodgers' new general manager and brought in former Padres general manager Josh Byrnes as Vice President of Baseball Operations.[16] The hirings cemented in place a highly accomplished front office, consisting of Kasten, Ned Colletti, Friedman and Byrnes -- all former GMs -- and Zaidi, a former assistant GM.

In his first offseason with the Dodgers, Friedman and the new front office made a huge splash. Through free agency or trades, the Dodgers parted ways with shortstop Hanley Ramírez, outfielder Matt Kemp,[17] second baseman Dee Gordon, and pitchers Brian Wilson and Dan Haren. However, they bolstered their farm system and added key players such as catcher Yasmani Grandal, infielders Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins, and pitchers Brett Anderson & Mike Bolsinger. Friedman helped lead the Dodgers to their third straight National League West division title in 2015, his first season, but the team fell to the New York Mets in the National League Division Series (NLDS), 3–2.

After the 2015 season, MLB penalized the Dodgers with a record $43 million luxury tax after determining their payroll was nearly $300 million, also an all-time record.[18] The Dodgers mutually parted ways with manager Don Mattingly following the 2015 season, and Friedman hired former Dodgers outfielder Dave Roberts to succeed Mattingly as manager. Starting pitcher Zack Greinke left the Dodgers for the Arizona Diamondbacks in free agency, and Friedman responded by signing pitchers Scott Kazmir and Kenta Maeda. The Dodgers, Reds, and White Sox completed a three-team trade, that netted the Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson, among others. For the first time since 2014, Friedman returned to Tropicana Field on May 3, 2016, when the Dodgers played the Rays. [19]The Dodgers won their fourth straight National League West division title in 2016, in part due to mid-season trades for pitchers Rich Hill and Josh Fields and outfielder Josh Reddick. The Dodgers won the NLDS against the Nationals in 5 games, but fell to the Cubs in the NLCS.

The Dodgers opted not to spend big money on any outside free agents after the 2016 season, and instead re-signed their own three notable free agents: Rich Hill, Kenley Jansen, and Justin Turner. The 2017 Dodgers opened the season 35-25, but then won 44 of their next 51 games. Friedman's front office was again aggressive at the non-waiver trade deadline, trading for Right-Handed starting pitcher Yu Darvish and left-handed relievers Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani.

Much of the Dodgers' success under Friedman has been due to young players that Friedman although did not draft or sign, refused to include in trades, including infielders Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger, outfielder Joc Pederson, and pitcher Julio Urias. The Dodgers' farm system is consistently ranked among the best in the MLB.


  1. ^ "Andrew Friedman — BR Bullpen". November 6, 2008. Retrieved September 19, 2010.
  2. ^ Schwartz, Alan (October 2, 2008). "Religion and baseball, a scheduling conflict". The New York Times. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  3. ^ Koren, Daniel (October 8, 2015). "Here Are The Jewish Players And Sportspeople Looking To Dominate The MLB Playoffs". The Canadian Jewish News.
  4. ^ Jeremy Evans (December 5, 2015). "Andrew Friedman: Myths and Expectations". Dodgers Nation. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  5. ^ Topkin, Marc. "Tampa Bay Rays' Andrew Friedman: Father's business has 'no bearing'". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Dodgers' Andrew Friedman doesn't go just by the numbers - LA Times
  7. ^ Tulane alumnus Andrew Friedman pivotal in assembling Tampa Bay Rays |
  8. ^ Los Angeles Dodgers hire ex-Tampa Bay Rays GM Andrew Friedman
  9. ^ Leitereg, Neal J. (April 2, 2015). "Dodgers president Andrew Friedman strikes a deal in Pasadena". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  10. ^ "Passionate, and tough as nails". October 22, 2008. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2010.
  11. ^ "Sternberg takes over Rays, fires GM LaMar". Associated Press. October 6, 2005. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  12. ^ Miller, Doug (February 16, 2010). "Youthful generation of GMs taking charge: Six clubs will break spring training camp with GMs under 40". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  13. ^ Shelburne, Ramona (October 14, 2014). "Andrew Friedman to join Dodgers". Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  14. ^ Stephen, Eric (October 24, 2014). "Andrew Friedman's contract reportedly $35 million over 5 years". Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  15. ^ Kenneth, Andrew Friedman (October 14, 2014). "Dodgers hire Rays' Andrew Friedman as president of baseball operations | FOX Sports". FOX Sports. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  16. ^ Gurnick, Ken (November 14, 2015). "A's executive Zaidi named Dodgers' general manager". Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  17. ^ Sanders, Jeff (September 3, 2015). "Do the Dodgers miss Matt Kemp? Dodgers offense scuffling as Padres' right fielder pens another strong second half". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  18. ^ Wells, Adam. "Dodgers to Pay MLB-Record $43.7 Million Luxury-Tax Penalty". Bleacher Report. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  19. ^ Shaikan, Bill (May 3, 2016). "Dodgers' Andrew Friedman gets a warm welcome in return to Tampa Bay". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chuck LaMar
Tampa Bay Rays General Manager
Succeeded by
Matthew Silverman
Preceded by
Position established
Los Angeles Dodgers President of Baseball Operations
Succeeded by
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