By Evan Brunell
The Rays' general manager, Andrew Friedman, met with Angels owner Arte Moreno this week, a source confirmed to ESPN Los Angeles. On the same trip, Moreno and team president John Carpino also spoke to Yankees executive Damon Oppenheimer, as the team searches for a new general manager.
This report confirms an earlier Friedman sighting made by blog DRays Bay. Friedman has built a successful team in Tampa Bay, but the club is held back by poor attendance, a lousy stadium and restrictive revenues. He has previously been linked to the Cubs and Astros (from hometown Houston) job, but it looks as if he's willing to consider other jobs. Friedman is thought to be close with team owner Stuart Sternberg, but even Sternberg has come out in saying the Rays can't last the way they are, so Friedman may have Sternberg's blessing to look for better opportunities.
Los Angeles is also looking into Diamondbacks' assistant GM Jerry DiPoto, and potentially Rangers assistant GM That Levine, whom the organization cannot interview until the World Series concludes given Texas' involvement. The interview process is also expected to include Kim Ng, a longtime assistant GM who is currently working in the MLB offices and would be baseball's first female GM.
Friedman would be the clear get, but would he be willing to go to an organization dominated by Moreno and manager Mike Scioscia? Moreno is very involved and the Angels have made some major missteps as of late. Scioscia, meanwhile, also wields a big amount of power. However, the club seems motivated to show that it's not a show run just by Moreno and Scioscia, so Friedman could be entering a good situation with the ability to put his own stamp on a team with competitive resources.
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