Late Tuesday night, in the middle of a game against the Cleveland Indians, the Red Sox announced that they had hired Dave Dombrowski, previously of the Detroit Tigers, as their President of Baseball Operations. Additionally, they noted that Ben Cherington would be stepping down as the GM following the transition.
There is a whole lot of information and topics that can accompany this move, but at first glance, this is a home run for the Red Sox.
To be perfectly honest, I am surprised that the Red Sox even got Dombrowski. He is one of the best minds in baseball, combining old school baseball philosophy with new school technology. If a team was looking for a leader on their senior executive staff, Dombrowski should have been at the top of their list.
This move starts the move towards the 2016 season. Because Dombrowski is the President of Baseball Ops effective immediately, he will be able to see 1+ month of Red Sox baseball and start evaluating this Boston roster. He is not afraid to make huge moves and has shown that with the Detroit Tigers. Additionally, because of his great relationship with John Henry, he will not truly have to answer to anyone, which will make his job a lot easier.
I noted that Cherington declined the opportunity to continue to be the GM under Dombrowski. I see two possibilities with this: One, the Red Sox forced Cherington out but respect him too much to openly come out and say that he was fired. Second, the Red Sox aren't going to have a GM.
Can they even do that? Hell yeah.
Similar to the Cubs, Dombrowski could act as Theo Epstein and control all trades and things regarding baseball for the Red Sox. The Red Sox could hire a GM, but he would essentially be a puppet.
Fantastic move by the Red Sox.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS