Now that the dust has settled on the Sam Kennedy hiring, it is time to see who will help Ben Cherington in the baseball operations side of management. Although I briefly touched on this in my last article, it is imperative, in my opinion, that the Red Sox sign a senior executive to help guide Cherington in signings and trades.
With failures in the baseball operations department in three out of the last four years, there should at least be some rumblings about bringing in someone to help Cherington.
We have already talked about Dave Dombrowski, from the Detroit Tigers, who I think is the most likely to take the position if it is available. Dombrowski's contract will be up at the end of this season and there is a chance, even if it is a slim one, that he could be brought in as the President of Baseball Operations.
But what other names should we fans be hearing? I mean, after all, what if Dombrowski just decides to stay in Detroit? Or take a job somewhere else?
Well, the list is somewhat short. And very familiar.
Writers have floated many names out there, such as Dan Duquette, Kenny Williams, and even promoting Ben Cherington, but I want a proven winner.
After Dombrowski, I see three executives that the Red Sox should go after:
1. Billy Beane
Everyone knows this story now. After the 2002 season, the Red Sox offered Billy Beane a contract to make him the highest paid GM in baseball, but he declined. Beane often stated he never wanted a decision to be made solely because of money and, for once, the Red Sox actually need Beane's baseball expertise. I'm sure the money they could offer him wouldn't hurt either.
2. Terry Ryan
Like Beane, Ryan has been operating with an extremely small payroll in Minnesota. Could he want a larger payroll and more resources available to him? After working with the Twins since 1994, there is a chance that he wants to win now at an older age.
3. Theo Epstein
Just hear me out. In 2011, Epstein resigned as the Red Sox GM and took a job with the Chicago Cubs as the President of Baseball Operations. Theo was given a terrible team in Chicago and has slowly brought them back to relevancy. After signing Lester and seeing the emergency of Kris Bryant, the Cubs could be a serious contender in the coming seasons. It is unlikely that he would return to Boston, as he left on a sour note and would like to finish the job in Chicago, but there is no hurt in trying. After all, one of the main reasons that Epstein left was because of Lucchino. How sweet would the revenge be if he took his job as the main Baseball Ops guy in Boston?
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS