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These are Andrew Friedman's Dodgers, and his philosophy will be up for evaluation

These are Andrew Friedman's Dodgers, and his philosophy will be up for evaluation

The grace period has expired for Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers' president of baseball operations.

If the upcoming season is a test of Yasiel Puig's commitment and Corey Seager's promise, it will also offer an evaluation of Friedman's new-age, analytics-based philosophy.

Now in their second season with the Dodgers, Friedman and his assistants have the manager of their choice, the coaching staff of their choice, and, most important, the players of their choice. There are no more excuses. The team is entirely theirs.

Just as they gambled before last season that Matt Kemp was in decline and Dee Gordon wouldn't get any better — early indications are that they were...

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