Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer
With the Dodgers reportedly on the verge of acquiring Manny Machado, here's what president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told me recently about balancing prudence with chasing stars: "I think the No. 1 thing we're solving for is winning baseball games and trying to put ourselves in position to be as good as we can in the current year, while maintaining that ability as far as we see out. That's the primary driver in everything that we do. That plays out in different ways at different periods of time. One thing I think I appreciate most about this job is the passion that our fans have for the Dodgers. That's something that struck me right away and I continue to encounter, whether it's at the ballpark or at Starbucks or wherever. And we feel a pretty fee responsibility to do everything we can to bring a championship back to Los Angeles, and to put ourselves in position to contend for a championship perennially. With that, we have to balance some short term and long term."