"I would say every time," the Dodgers president of baseball operations responded sarcastically, eliciting a chorus of laughter from his audience.
When Friedman was the general manager of the small-market and small-budget
However, an exception has emerged to Friedman's Second Law of Distressed-Asset Valuation.
His name is
As Puig's reputation has worsened, his value to the Dodgers only increased. With the team's pitchers and catchers set to report to
There was a time when Puig's value to the franchise was based largely on how many tickets he sold and how much merchandise he moved. That will no longer suffice. If Puig isn't the legitimate middle-of-the-order hitter he was once projected to become, the Dodgers are certain to again fall short of the World Series.
The Dodgers are behaving as if they have accepted this reality. Bill Shakin reported earlier this month that they wouldn't talk to the
And who could blame them? The Dodgers didn't make any meaningful additions to an offense that failed them in October against the
Their best hitter, Adrian Gonzalez, turns 34 in May. Even if he maintains his production level, they will have to find someone with whom to pair him in the middle of the lineup. Last year, that role fell to either Howie Kendrick or
While there's a chance Seager could have the kind of rookie season
For what it's worth, Puig has said and done all the right things since his alleged participation in a bar room brawl that made him the subject of a league-office investigation.
At the team's community caravan last month, he talked about how hard he worked this winter, in particular what he did to avoid the kind of leg injuries that hobbled him last year.
When the team's pitchers and catchers report to the team's spring-training complex in Arizona, Puig is expected to be there with them, almost an entire week before the majority of position players.
Then again, he's done this before.
At the start of spring training last year, he said he wanted to be to baseball what Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are to basketball. The spring before that, he promised to be a smarter player.
This time around, will his actions align with his words?
The Dodgers better hope they do. Their season depends on it.
The sporting world's best story is playing out in England, where Leicester City is on top of the Premier League standings, ahead of the big-money soccer clubs such as Manchester City, Arsenal,
Leicester City opened the season as a 5,000-to-1 long shot to win the league.
For some perspective: One overseas sports book lists the odds of Kanye West winning the 2016 presidential election at 1,000 to 1.
The more middleweight boxing champion Gennady Golovkin complains about
Golovkin's desire to fight Alvarez is understandable. Alvarez is arguably the most popular fighter in the world today and a fight against the Mexican junior middleweight would raise Golovkin's profile. Golovkin would also be the favorite, as Alvarez is smaller and not as well-rounded.
But if there's anyone who should understand Alvarez's position, it's Golovkin, who not so long ago was called out by a heavier, more skilled and less popular fighter in Andre Ward. Golovkin wanted nothing to do with Ward.