Tampa Bay Rays
Report: Friedman meets with Angels owner
Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman met Wednesday night with Angels owner Arturo Moreno and team president John Carpino at a St. Petersburg restaurant. The meeting was first reported by the website DRaysBay.com. Friedman did not want to talk about the report. "It's our policy not to comment in matters such as this," he said through a team spokesperson.ESPNLosAngeles.com reported the Angels met with Friedman to discuss their vacant general manager job. The report also said the Angels are interested in Damon Oppenheimer of the Yankees, former Dodgers executive Kim Ng, as well as Diamondbacks assistant general manager Jerry Dipoto and Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine. Friedman, who does not work under a contract and was termed a "partner" by Rays owner Stuart Sternberg last month, also has been mentioned as a general manager candidate with the Cubs and Astros. Friedman, the architect behind the small-revenue club that has reached the postseason three of the past four years, denied interest in either of those jobs, and Sternberg mentioned several times during this past season that he doesn't expect Friedman to move to another team. However, frustrated with the lack of attendance at Tropicana Field and the lack of movement on talks concerning a new stadium, Sternberg has dropped hints 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."