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Maddon, Friedman already looking ahead



Execuitve VP Andrew Friedman and manager Joe Maddon, speaking at a team media event, said Thursday they are both already looking ahead to what they expect to be a succesful 2012 season.

Among the quick highlights:

  * Friedman, who has been mentioned as a candidate for the Cubs and Astros GM jobs, on his future: We don't comment on rumors and speculation but my focus is on taking the learnings from the 2011 season and rolling them into the 2012 team.''

  * Maddon, who is heading into the final year of his contract: I'm not concerned about "lame-duck" status going into final year of contract and  "I don't want to go anywhere else."


  * Friedman, on the future: "We feel we have the players in place to have a very successful 2012 season."

   *  Friedman on improving the offense: Trading a starting pitcher for offensive help possible but "not necessarily" the plan.
   * Maddon said there was nothing to report yet on the status of bench coach Dave Martinez, considered a candidate for managing jobs in Chicago and Boston, but if he does leave they'd likely look internally first. Triple-A manager Charlie Montoyo would seem a logical candidate. 

[Last modified: Saturday, November 5, 2011 12:40am]


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