Another significant position is likely to be resolved Wednesday as well. The Dodgers are close to reaching agreement on a multi-year contract extension for Manager Dave Roberts.Technically, Wednesday is the deadline for the Dodgers to exercise the club option for 2019 in Roberts’ original contract with the team. But Friedman said exercising the option was “not an issue” because he was “very confident” the two sides were moving toward an agreement.The deal could be for as many as four years and figures to give Roberts a significant raise from the $1.1 million salary the option would pay him in 2019.“We’ve talked about this for a long time,” Friedman said. “I get the public part of asking the question. I just know the conversations have been pleasant. They’ve been ongoing, tabled at times … while we’re focusing on other things. It’s just not really a story among us, certainly appreciating it is outside.”The coaching staff under Roberts will have at least two significant changes in 2019. Third-base/infield coach Chris Woodward left to become the Texas Rangers’ new manager and now Ward has left a vacancy at hitting coach.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Tuesday saw another departure from the major-league coaching staff with hitting coach Turner Ward accepting the same position on the staff of new Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell.But most significantly, the San Francisco Giants have offered Farhan Zaidi the position as their president of baseball operations in a reconfigured front office. Zaidi is considering his options with the expectation that he will make a decision soon, perhaps on Wednesday.After serving under two of baseball’s leading front-office forces – 10 years under Billy Beane in Oakland and three under Friedman with the Dodgers – the move to San Francisco would afford Zaidi the opportunity to rebuild an organization as the top executive on the baseball side.“Obviously, that’s Farhan’s news and it’s not appropriate to comment on,” Friedman said.It was notable, however, that Zaidi is not in attendance at the GM Meetings and it was Friedman who represented the Dodgers during the media availability session on Tuesday. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start CARLSBAD — Making it to consecutive World Series was not enough to satisfy most of the Dodgers’ fan base. But it has certainly impressed their competitors.For the second consecutive November, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman’s first days of the offseason have been spent dealing with the departures or possible departures of key members of the team’s on-field staff and front office.“These past, whatever it’s been, nine days, I’ve been more of an HR director than anything else,” Friedman said Tuesday at the GM Meetings. “It’s a compliment to our organization and to the guys who are getting these new opportunities. And I’m happy for them. But it’s also challenging to replace them.“It’s one of the things that happen in our business.” “The vision of what they’re trying to do, I can see it,” Ward said to reporters of leaving the National League champions for a job with the Reds. “I’ve been impressed with their offense. Also, add the logistics of being closer to home. Family is very important to me and it made it hard being in L.A.”Ward lives in Alabama during the offseason and his wife has had health issues in recent years.“I think proximity to home and an opportunity for him that he just couldn’t pass up,” Friedman said. “Our philosophy is to never stand in someone’s way if something makes more sense for them for whatever reason. I think it was a situation that falls under that umbrella. He’s been a big part of what we’ve done the last few years.”Friedman said he and his staff are trying “to wrap our arms around it” and compile lists of candidates to replace Woodward and Ward.A year ago, the Dodgers lost Josh Bard and Tim Hyers from their coaching staff to the Yankees and Red Sox, respectively. Alex Anthopoulos left the front office to become the Braves’ GM. And the top two executives in their player development department left – Gabe Kapler to become the Phillies manager and Jeremy Zoll to run the Twins’ player development. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
NBA trade rumors: Teams have inquired about Clippers forward Tobias Harris The Pistons could be looking to upgrade their backcourt.Detroit has “engaged in talks” with the Grizzlies about acquiring Mike Conley Jr., according to a report from the Detroit Free Press, which cites unidentified league sources. Memphis is reportedly looking to move the 31-year-old point guard. The Jazz are also interested in dealing for Conley and they’ve offered the Grizzlies a package centered around Ricky Rubio and a future first-round pick in exchange for him, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.Conley has spent his entire 12-year career in Memphis. He has tallied 20.3 points and 6.3 assists per game while knocking down 35.9 percent of his 3-point attempts in 2018-19. Related News Conley agreed to a five-year, $153 million extension with the Grizzlies in the summer of 2016.The Pistons enter play Monday two games behind the Heat for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 22-29 record. Meanwhile, Memphis stands at 21-33 and is all but out of the postseason race. NBA trade rumors: Kings ‘willing to talk about’ moving center Willie Cauley-Stein
“He’s been phenomenal.” said Brendie Bandara, board secretary for the foundation. “He comes to us, he doesn’t expect anything in return. He’s been so generous doing all that work.” Bandara said Singer’s Molar Manor proceeds helped provide care for many children who’ve never seen dentists. The foundation works with dental students from the University of Southern California in a yearly three-day clinic where hundreds of children’s teeth are examined and cleaned and arrangements are made for any further care. Singer said he’s hoping the buyer will continue the tradition. “I just don’t have the time. I’m overwhelmed with my work,” Singer said. “It would be nice pass the torch.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Ghostly hands with curling finger nails clasp the for-sale sign in a death grip, the first sign that this is one spooktacular sale. Indeed, Molar Manor, a haunted house camouflaged by the facade of a run-of-the-mill Valencia warehouse, is for sale. Only those buyers with an extreme taste for the macabre – and a sense of humor – need put in their offers. Local dentist Ronald Singer said Thursday said it’s time to pass the torch. He’s hoping someone will buy the entire contents of the warehouse, from the old lady in a wheelchair falling down the stairs to the man in the electric chair, and continue operating Molar Manor each Halloween season as a fundraiser for Santa Clarita Valley charities. Asking price for the entire collection is $145,000. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I have a 15-foot giant demon,” said Singer, who specializes in pediatric dentistry. “My electric chair man is awesome. I have a haunted elevator that actually takes people on a journey back out of Molar Manor. It’s beautiful.” Singer said he simply doesn’t have the time anymore to open Molar Manor each October, given the demands of his practice. It was a tough decision ending a tradition that started 15 years ago in his Valencia offices where he drew at least 1,000 people to view his Halloween decorations. He moved the project to his Sand Canyon home but the weather – and the neighbors – didn’t always cooperate, he said. “We decided to move it indoors into the warehouse,” Singer said. “I had a movie set designer, we blueprinted it and Molar Manor evolved as an attraction. It’s pretty similar to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion.” The warehouse is leased, but the the graveyards, spooky animatronics, even the chain-saw-wielding butcher pig in the room full of body parts are for sale. Details are available at www.molarmanor.com. Over the years, proceeds from the haunt have been donated primarily to the Santa Clarita Foundation for Childrens Dental Health, which provides free dentistry to children from local low-income families.