Evan Longoria was in the major leagues for less than a week when Andrew Friedman signed him to a contract guaranteed for $17.5 million. In addition to saving the Tampa Bay Rays millions of dollars in the arbitration process, Friedman's foresight has allowed the small-market club to retain its franchise player to this day.
How will this type of thinking be applied to the Dodgers, now that Friedman is their president of baseball operations?
It probably won't.
Because of their considerable financial resources, the Dodgers can be competitive without implementing many of the of cost-cutting measures that made Friedman a highly regarded general manager with the Rays.