Dodgers promote former MLB reliever Brandon Gomes to general manager as L.A. reshapes front office

The Los Angeles Dodgers have promoted former league reliever Brandon Gomes to general manager, the team announced Tuesday. Gomes had served as an assistant general manager since 2019. The Dodgers had operated without a general manager since Farhan Zaidi left to join the rival San Francisco Giants in November 2018.

“He had such an incredible impact on everything he touched,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told Jack Harris. Los Angeles Times. “He moved quite quickly, but you could say he could have moved even faster.”

Gomes, 37, retired as a player in 2016 and joined the Dodgers the following year. He quickly rose from pitching coordinator to director of player development to vice president and assistant general manager. Gomes turned down a chance to interview the New York Mets for their job as president of baseball operations earlier this offseason amid speculation the Dodgers would soon promote him.

“It’s something that, since I finished playing, I was hoping to happen at some point in my career,” Gomes told Harris. “It’s just something that will be incredibly fulfilling, to continue to work with this group with the goal of winning as many championships as possible.”

Although the Dodgers did not have a general manager from 2019-21, the club was not lacking in front office smarts. Friedman oversees baseball operations, former Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres general manager Josh Byrnes is vice president of baseball operations, and Gomes and Jeffrey Kingston have worked as assistant general managers.

In addition to Gomes, the Dodgers also promoted Alex Slater from director of baseball operations to vice president and assistant general manager on Tuesday. The team also hired Damon Jones away from the Washington football team of the NFL and named him vice president, assistant general manager and baseball legal counsel. He had been WFT’s general counsel.

Gomes threw a 4.20 ERA in 167 relief innings with the Tampa Bay Rays from 2011 to 2015. As general manager of the Rays, Friedman acquired Gomes from San Diego in the trade from Jason Bartlett in December 2010. The two overlapped with Tampa until Friedman left to join the Dodgers in October 2014.

The Dodgers went 106-56 in 2021 but finished second in the NL West behind Zaidi’s 107-win Giants. Los Angeles qualified for the 2021 NLCS for the fifth time in the past six years after winning the 2020 World Series.

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