Rays GM could be Dodgers' 'top target' to replace Ned Colletti
The news comes amid rumors that Colletti is on the hot seat in Los Angeles.
The report on Thursday from Plaschke also seems to put to rest the idea that manager Don Mattingly would also be let go this offseason after some questionable decisions during the Dodgers 3-1 loss to the Cardinals in the NLDS. Mattingly opted to keep Yasiel Puig out of the lineup in the series-clinching loss this week.
The idea, according to reports, was that Mattingly may be let go if Colletti is given the boot because the new GM would want to possibly bring a new manager. It had been reported earlier this week that the front office in Los Angeles had a softer spot for Mattingly than it did for Colletti, who essentially constructed the team and a $240 million payroll.
According to Plaschke on Thursday night, the Dodgers like how Mattingly handled a "combustible clubhouse" and will give him at least one more year to potentially work things out.
The Dodgers have been to the playoffs five times in Colletti's nine seasons there, including consecutive NLCS appearances. Colletti also oversaw a season in which Clayton Kershaw became a Cy Young Award winner, Dee Gordon was named to the All-Star team, Kenley Jansen became a closer, the Dodgers landed Zack Greinke, Adrian Gonzalez and Hyun-Jin Ryu and, not to be forgotten, the team brought Puig over from Cuba.
Friedman, who is just 37 years old, built a World Series team in Tampa Bay despite one of baseball's smallest payrolls.
- Marc Weinreich