When the Ricketts’ family brought Theo Epstein aboard back in 2011, the front office began expanding. The Cubs drew in big names from all across baseball, as more executives saw a ripe opportunity. Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod are a some of the higher profile additions, but plenty of talent started joining in and the front office ballooned. When you have good people working in a good city for a good team, talent will flock to it, even at the executive level.
Los Angeles has good people, a good city and a good team (the Dodgers, in this particular case), so, perhaps in that regard, it’s no surprise to hear that former Blue Jays General Manager, Alex Anthopoulos, has reportedly accepted a position in the Dodgers front office.
Anthopoulos, who was the Sporting News’ MLB Executive of the Year in 2015, will reportedly work along side current General Manager Farhan Zaidi, and I have no doubt that having his voice, knowledge and experience in the room will be a huge boost to an already impressive Dodgers’ team. For more on why the MLB Executive of the Year left a winning team after a huge season, check out Brett’s discussion on the executive movement back in October.
In the last few years alone, the Dodgers have added:
- President and CEO Stan Kasten (former Braves and Nationals President)
- President of Baseball Ops Andrew Friedman (former Rays GM)
- GM Farhan Zaidi (former A’s AGM and Director of Baseball Ops)
- Senior VP of Baseball Ops Josh Byrnes (former Diamondbacks and Padres GM)
- Senior Advisor Ned Colletti (former Dodgers GM)
- Special Advisor Gerry Hunsicker (former Astros GM)
For a while, we saw the Dodgers improving in either superficial or inadvisable ways (i.e. simply spending inordinate amounts of money). Increasingly, and probably in no small credit to Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers have been improving in intimidating, intelligent ways. This is an example of the latter.
Brett Taylor contributed to this post.