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Detroit Tigers: 5 dream candidates to be the team’s next GM

BOSTON, MA - JULY 26: Major League Baseball executive Theo Epstein looks on during a pre-game ceremony in recognition of the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction of former Former Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Guardians on July 26, 2022 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 26: Major League Baseball executive Theo Epstein looks on during a pre-game ceremony in recognition of the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction of former Former Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Guardians on July 26, 2022 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) /
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Brandon Gomes, general manager—Los Angeles Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 05: Brandon Gomes, executive Vice President and General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, walks on the field before a preseason game against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on April 5, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

If the Detroit Tigers can’t copy the Dodgers by stealing the Rays’ top dog, they why not poach Friedman’s right-hand man?

Gomes, 37, has been a fast-riser in the executive world. He pitched in the big leagues from 2011-15—ironically all with the Rays—before joining the Dodgers as a pitching coordinator before the 2017 season. He worked his way up from there, earning his current title of executive VP and GM on Jan. 18 of this year.

Gomes has worked alongside Friedman for the past few years, so he has to have learned a lot. It’s worth wondering whether he wants to run his own show, rather than work in the shadow of one of the brightest minds in baseball—and I know just the team for him to take over.

With his Dodger connections, he could bring in some people from their front office to help further modernize the Tigers organization. He could also bring some people from the Rays’ front office due to his connections from his playing days.

A combination of Gomes and A.J. Hinch seems like a good GM/manager pairing. It’s clear the Detroit Tigers need someone to come in and breathe some fresh air into their front office, and Gomes seems like a good fit for that role.

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