As the news broke a couple days ago that Larry Lucchino would step down as President/CEO of the Boston Red Sox, almost instinctively the next thing to come out of someone's mouth was, "Well, who is replacing him? Who the hell is that?"
Sam Kennedy is more than qualified to run the Red Sox. He has been under Larry Lucchino for the past 20 years and is almost a spitting image of him, business wise. However, there is one glaring difference between Larry Lucchino and Sam Kennedy: one guy knows baseball.
And I'm not just talking about situational stuff during the game. Everyone knows that.
Larry Lucchino was able to evaluate players, gauge their market price, and offer them a contract that would not only benefit the player, but the Red Sox as well. But those days are over and the Red Sox need to get with the program before it is too late and they lose another season.
Who is going to replace Lucchino from a baseball perspective? Don't they have to bring someone in to run baseball operations?
The short answer is yes. Ben Cherington is not the answer for a "President of Baseball Ops" type of position. In my personal opinion, the Red Sox need to, ironically, model the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs have a general manager in Jed Hoyer, but he is a mere puppet to Theo Epstein.
Even if the Red Sox wanted to do something like this, however, who would they be able to bring in? Fortunately for them, one of the best names in baseball, Detroit's Dave Dombrowski, is a "free agent" at the end of this season and may be interested in a job in Boston.
And this isn't just some random pipe dream.
Dombrowski and Red Sox owner John Henry spent the better part of 4 seasons with each other in Florida after Henry bought the Marlins. While he has a great situation in Detroit, the Boston Red Sox President position has to be one of the most coveted in all of baseball. If the Red Sox make it known that they are in the market for a President of Baseball Operations, people will be chomping at the bit.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS