Rays GM Andrew Friedman:
"This has no bearing on me professionally, and I'm very happy in my job. And it would not be proper for me to comment on the business of another team."
Writer Marc Topkin:
There had already been speculation that Crane might try to hire Friedman, who like other top execs under Stuart Sternberg doesn't have a contract.
This speculation indicates - for the first time - that Ed Wade might not survive the change in ownership. (Update: Phil Rogers apparently said a while back that Crane would be interested in Friedman. Hey, if you're not going to hire Hunsicker, hire Hunsicker Jr.)