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L.A. report: If Dodgers fire GM, they'd eye Rays Friedman

Marc Topkin, Times Staff Writer

Thursday, October 9, 2014 8:14pm

Could the fallout from the Dodgers' flameout in the playoffs impact the Rays?

Initially, there was speculation the Dodgers could inquire about Joe Maddon as a potential replacement if manager Don Mattingly is fired.

Now there is a report, by Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke, that the Dodgers may soon ditch GM Ned Colletti and "their top target appears to be Andrew Friedman," the Rays executive vice president.

Friedman, who operates without a longterm contract, has given no indication he is inclined to leave the Rays, declining previous opportunities with the Angels and his hometown Astros.

Friedman has earned an impressive reputation nationally in his nine years on the job, specifically in keeping the Rays competitive against significantly higher payrolled opponents such as the Yankees and Red Sox.

Gerry Hunsicker, who spent seven years in the Rays front office as a senior vice president, now works in a similar role for the Dodgers.

As for Maddon, he is under contract through the 2015 seaason but the Rays, based on past history, are expected to have talks this off-season on an extension, and Maddon has indicated he wants to stay.

But if the Rays felt they couldn't strike a deal, or if another team inquired about his availability, the Rays conceivably could trade him.