Thanks to Andrew Friedman, Mookie Betts is now a Dodger. After failing to lure Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon to Los Angeles (actual Los Angeles) in free agency, frustrated fans chalked up this winter as a Friedman failure.
Leading up to this 2020 season, fans began to wonder if Friedman had the stones to trade away top prospects for a proven superstar after the Francisco Lindor negotiations fizzled.
The Los Angeles #Dodgers and Cleveland #Indians continue to be engaged in serious trade talks for Cleveland All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor, with Cleveland seeking a package of Dodgers prospects including Gavin Lux and Dustin May.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 11, 2019
A fan base thirsty for a championship did not buy Friedman’s trio of pitcher signings, Blake Treinen, Jimmy Nelson, and Alex Wood, as “win now” moves that put the Dodgers over the top.
The “they’re not trying win a championship” train promptly rolled into the station.
“Stan Kasten and the Dodgers want to stay under the Competitive Balance Tax.”
“The Dodgers are cheap.”
“Friedman won’t trade prospects for superstars.”
Time to re-evaluate.
Not only did Friedman…