Los Angeles Dodgers senior vice president of baseball operations Josh Byrnes and assistant general manager Brandon Gomes are among the most popular names for teams looking for a new president of baseball operations or general manager this offseason.
Both have already drawn reported interest from the New York Mets, who are looking for a new executive to head their front office.
The Mets’ search may amount to both interviewing for the position, but it may be unlikely that Gomes leaves L.A.
According to, Andy Martino of SportsNet New York, it’s believed Gomes could be promoted to Dodgers general manager:
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has a history of allowing his staff to seek other opportunities, as evidenced by his current NLDS opponent. Giants POBO Farhan Zaidi was once Friedman’s GM.
The situation with the 37-year-old Gomes feels a bit different. Although he would likely be allowed to interview if he wanted to do so, there is expectation in the industry that another offer would inspire Friedman to promote Gomes to general manager of the Dodgers. According to sources, Los Angeles has not made that decision yet.
The Dodgers have not hired a new general manager since Farhan Zaidi joined the San Francisco Giants in 2018, so the position could be easily filled internally, and that is expected to happen, according to Michael Mayer of USA Today Sports, who confirmed Gomes will not be joining the Mets:
Sources: Dodgers executive Brandon Gomes is not going to join the Mets front office.
Gomes, a fast riser after retiring recently, is expected to get a promotion with the Dodgers.
— Michael Mayer (@mikemayer22) October 25, 2021
Gomes was acquired by Andrew Friedman when he was the Tampa Bay Rays general manager and pitched for the Rays from 2011-2015 before retiring. Gomes reunited with Friedman in L.A. in 2016 as the Dodgers’ pitching coordinator of performance, which is part of player development.
From there, he was promoted to director of player development in 2017 and then vice president and assistant general manager in 2019.
Friedman reflects on free agency conversations with Kiké, Joc
When Kiké Hernandez and Joc Pederson were free agents last offseason, Friedman said he kept tabs on them but ultimately felt both would prefer to get more playing time instead of a higher salary.
It isn’t surprising that Hernandez and Pederson both prioritized playing time over salary as the two were limited to part-time roles with the Dodgers.
Hernandez and Pederson bet on themselves by signing short-term contracts and now are in position to earn an even bigger payday when they next reach free agency.
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