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Josh Byrnes is likely to be the Dodgers GM

Josh Byrnes

San Diego Padres new general manager Josh Byrnes smiles during a news conference Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)


Andrew Friedman is the head of baseball ops, and he plans on hiring a general manager beneath him, a la Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer in Chicago. Jon Heyman reports that the GM is likely to be former Dbacks and Padres GM Josh Byrnes:

Josh Byrnes, the former general manager of the Diamondbacks and Padres, is seen as a leading candidate for the top executive job under new club president Andrew Friedman with the Dodgers, league sources said.

Byrnes is viewed as a strong possibility to get the coveted job, as sources familiar with the situation say his experience is viewed as a plus for a storied, big-market team with heavy media coverage and add that his philosophy aligns with that of Friedman. The pair are also said to be fairly close, though a prior relationship had been less than obvious.

Figure all the big-picture thinking would be Friedman’s and that he would have veto power over the moves Byrnes and his folks bring to him.