Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Friedman reportedly met with Angels about vacant GM job
Posted Oct 20, 2011 by Roger Mooney
Updated Oct 20, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Rays executive vice president of baseball Andrew Friedman reportedly met with Angels owner Arturo Moreno and team president John Carpino on Wednesday night at a St. Petersburg restaurant.
The meeting was first reported by the web site DRaysBay.com.
While Friedman has yet to comment on the report, the meeting was confirmed by ESPN Los Angels and by Ken Rosenthal of Fox.
ESPN LA reported that the Angels are also interested in Friedman, Damon Oppenheimer of the Yankees and former Dodgers executive Kim Ng as well as Diamondbacks assistant general manager Jerry Dipoto and Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine to fill the Angels vacant GM job.
Friedman, who does not work under a contract and was termed a “partner” by Rays owner Stuart Sternberg last month, has been mentioned as a general manager candidate with the Cubs and Astros.
Friedman denied interest in either of those two jobs, and Sternberg has mentioned several times during this past season that he doesn’t expect Friedman to move to another team.
However, the Rays owner, frustrated with the lack of attendance at Tropicana Field and the lack of moment on talks concerning a new stadium, has dropped hints that Friedman might want to move to a team that will allow him to compete on a more level playing field with the other general managers.
Speaking with reporters who cover the Rays before the Sept. 12 game in Baltimore, Sternberg said this about Friedman leaving: “it would really only be because of the position the organization is in and what an uphill battle we have to go at it every year, Andrew loves climbing mountains, being an underdog, having to go at it, but at some point you want at least one of your hands not tied behind your back.”