Baseball's most competitive division features perhaps its three best front office chiefs and one (the
Andrew Friedman doesn't suffer — or benefit — from this caveat. He has led the Rays out of the basement by stocking the organization with smart draft picks and not handcuffing its future by handing out exorbitant contracts.
With fewer resources, Friedman has built a club that gives Boston and New York a run for their considerable money every season.
A GM's biggest job is accumulating talented players, and nobody in the modern game does that better than Texas' Jon Daniels.
The kid just turned 34 and already he has traded for
That's as good as it gets.
Phillies' Ruben Amaro
The Morning Call
The rule of thumb is it takes time to be good at your job, no matter what it is. Consider
Every time the Phillies general manager, who took the reins from Pat Gillick after the 2008 championship season, acquires a top-name free agent (Cliff Lee,
Boom. Then he does it again.
There's more to his success than just making the deals happen. Amaro, who was a bat boy for the club before playing for them from in the 1990s, entices not just star players, but quality individuals who have contributed to a chemistry that is so often a topic of conversation with the Phillies.
2nd that on Friedman
If money were all you needed,
But there is something to be said for winning without challenging for the league lead in spending, and a tip of the cap goes to those general managers. And how about Larry Beinfest of the Marlins, who assembled two World Series champions without spending $50 million in either one?
Our pick is Andrew Friedman of the Rays, whose team must vanquish either the Yankees or Red Sox just to get into the playoffs. In fact, over the last three years, the Rays have won the