A short time ago, Dave Dombrowski announced that assistant general manager Mike Hazen would be promoted to general manager and senior vice president of the Boston Red Sox. Hazen was promoted to assistant GM when Ben Cherington was hired back in 2011 and previously served as the VP of player development and scouting.
Prior to being promoted, Hazen, 39, interviewed for open GM jobs with the Padres and Dodgers, and was reportedly a finalist for the open Angels GM job. Fortunately, the Abington native decided to stay home.
While the move isn't a huge surprise, fans heard a lot of names being floated around and some are probably disappointed that they chose an inside man. However, I love the move. Dombrowski has previously said that he didn't want an entire front office overhaul, and Hazen brings some consistency as he has been with the team since 2006.
Furthermore, Red Sox fans who don't want to trade the entire farm should be encouraged by this promotion. One could fear that Dombrowski would go back to his old roots and trade big names (Betts, Swihart, E-Rod, etc.) for veteran stars because of his "win now" mentality. While that still may happen, Hazen's knowledge of the players in the farm system will help Dombrowski make the right moves.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS