Andrew Friedman

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Andrew Friedman
Andrew Friedman 2011.jpg
Friedman in 2011.
Born (1976-11-13) November 13, 1976 (age 38)
Houston, Texas
Alma mater Tulane University
Occupation President of Baseball Operations
Years active 2005-present
Organization Los Angeles Dodgers

Andrew Friedman (born November 13, 1976, in Houston, Texas)[1] is the President of Baseball Operations of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers.

Early life[edit]

Friedman, who is Jewish, was born in Houston, Texas.[2] He attended Episcopal High School in Houston, and subsequently Tulane University on a baseball scholarship, where he earned a B.S. in management with a concentration in finance at Tulane's Freeman School of Business. Like his father Kenny, he played baseball for Tulane.[3]

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.


Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

In 2003 he met Stuart Sternberg, the new owner of the Tampa Bay Rays. Friedman and Sternberg realized they had similar ideas about the game and wanted to work together.[4]

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 8th losing season in its 8 years in existence.

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.[5] They also made the playoffs in 2010, 2011 and 2013 under his tenure.

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

On October 14, 2014, it was announced that he would leave the Rays to become the President of Baseball Operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers.[6] His contract with the Dodgers was reported at $35 million for five years, making him the highest-paid front-office executive in baseball.[7]

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. Friedman, Zaidi, and Byrnes add to a strong front office already consisting of Stan Kasten and Ned Colletti.

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 Ramirez, outfielder Matt Kemp, second baseman Dee Gordon, and pitchers Brian Wilson & 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.


  1. ^ "Andrew Friedman — BR Bullpen". November 6, 2008. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ New York Times: "Religion and Baseball, a Scheduling Conflict" by Alan Schwartz October 2, 2008
  3. ^ "TU alum pivotal in assembling Amazin' Rays". Retrieved September 19, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Passionate, And Tough As Nails". October 22, 2008. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Andrew Friedman to join Dodgers
  7. ^ Stephen, Eric (October 24, 2014). "Andrew Friedman's contract reportedly $35 million over 5 years". Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
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