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Red Sox Must Go Back to Drawing Board as Dream GM Hire Andrew Friedman Poised to Stay With Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07:  Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman introduces Pitcher Kenta Maeda to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on January 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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The Boston Red Sox are once again in search of a new GM, but unfortunately for them, their ideal candidate is all but certain to stay in Hollywood.

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told reporters that he expects to sign a new contract with LA (his current one expires after 2019).

That news puts an end to the Boston-Friedman speculation that started circulating after the firing of Dave Dombrowski.

Though they can't have Friedman, the Red Sox need someone like the 42-year-old who can build a strong farm system, turn outcasts into contributors, and hit on the big free-agent signings.

Boston's management certainly needs to hit a home run in replacing Dombrowski. Will they go after Oakland A's GM Billy Beane again? What about someone like Chaim Bloom, who's had success in Tampa Bay?

Owner John Henry said a goal of the next GM should be to get under the luxury tax without rebuilding. With that mandate, it would make sense for the team to hire a guy from a winning organization making ends meet with a small payroll.