The Dodgers and President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman have been working on an extension since their season ended and though it was reported in October that both sides were finalizing a new contract, we have not had any updates 10 days into November.
That was until a Twitter user brought this up to the attention of Dodgers beat writer Bill Plunkett, who gave this explanation for why the deal has not yet been closed.
Still dotting I’s and crossing T’s. Friedman has been laid up with flu this past week. https://t.co/2OkNQRBOEi
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) November 10, 2019
While vague, it does give a legitimate reason for why we haven’t heard anything. Friedman has been bed-ridden with the flu. But Plunkett said he’s been sick for the past week, so what about the other three between the original reports and now?
Throughout Friedman’s tenure as head of the Dodgers front office, he has played an essential role in turning the Dodgers into contenders year-in and year-out. Though he has been criticized for several reasons — mostly not having brought home a World Series trophy and a perceived lack of taking risks — Friedman has built a solid roster that has consistently been at the top of the major leagues while getting younger every year.
Friedman has shied away from splurging on big-name free agents, but that may change this winter with reports indicating that he is interested in players such as Gerrit Cole and current Indians infielder Francisco Lindor.
It remains to be seen what Friedman will do this off-season, but he’ll need a contract of his own to do that.