Friedman: New Dodgers GM Brandon Gomes brings ‘pretty rare executive profile’

LOS ANGELES — As a pitcher, Brandon Gomes was not a unique talent.

A 17th-round draft pick in 2007, he made the majors in 2011 and had an ERA-plus of 92 – just below league average – over parts of five seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays. Even once he debuted in the big leagues, he was never secure in that status and pitched as much in the minors (163-1/3 innings) as he did in the majors (167) before retiring in June 2016 after being released from the Chicago Cubs’ Triple-A team.

It was after his playing career ended that Gomes became a sought-after talent.

“After 2016, a major-league team called to interview him to be their major-league pitching coach,” said Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, who demoted Gomes from the Rays to the minor leagues multiple times as a player, then hired him to work in the Dodgers’ player development department in 2016. “After 2018, a team called to interview him to be assistant GM. In the last couple of years, he’s got a lot of permission requests to be a GM. There aren’t a lot of people that you can say that about that really are qualified to do so many different things.

“At every turn, his response was always the same which is, ‘No thanks. I want to be with the Dodgers and feel incredibly fulfilled here and I don’t want to leave. My family…

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