If you’re like most fans, you might be wondering when groundbreaking begins for the Andrew Friedman statue at Dodger Stadium. In 2021, the Dodgers had clear needs on the 26-man roster and Andrew went out and filled them.
With aplomb at that.
MLB trade deadline rumors had several teams “in” on Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer but ultimately the prize of the deadline ended up a Dodger. This we know. However, Andrew Friedman wasn’t always certain that would be the case.
On Friday, the LA president of baseball operations shared that he was actually worried that the rival San Diego Padres were closing in on a deal with Washington. Especially after MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Padres had a deal close.
We were pretty engaged at that point. It definitely spooked me for a second. I feel like things would have been playing out differently if that were the case. Yeah, it definitely got my attention and my heart may have skipped a beat or two. But we came quickly back to where the conversations were and where it was trending and what was going on.
Friedman adding that by Thursday he was feeling confident that the Dodgers and Nats would reach a deal. Then Ken Rosenthal’s report dropped.
It turns out, San Diego was never really all that close. Padres’ GM A.J. Preller said as much on Friday night.
Obviously it was not an accurate report. We hadn’t heard from the Nats in, I don’t know, probably seven or eight hours at that point. It was not a situation where we were on the 2-yard line or anything like that.
In all likelihood, Rosenthal’s report was a rumor leaked to him by a member of Washington’s front office that was looking to squeeze more out of the Dodgers, but that’s just pure speculation on my part. Notably, Ken spoke about the report in an article on The Athletic. He said, with the information he received from “people who had direct knowledge of the discussions.” And he didn’t shy away from the idea that he could have been fed inaccurate information intentionally.
Do sources occasionally feed reporters faulty information? Yes. Do they occasionally try to use reporters to advance their own interests? Yes again. But it’s a reporter’s job to filter out noise and any agendas, to get the facts straight and the stories right.
Ultimately, the Dodgers reached a deal for Max Scherzer and All-Star shortstop Trea Turner, securing the title of winners at the deadline. Mad Max is set to make his Dodgers’ debut on Wednesday in Los Angeles against… the Houston Astros.