Dave Dombrowski named president of baseball operations
August 18, 2015
Former general manager Ben Cherington sealed his fate with a series of ill-advised decisions that would derail Boston’s season before it even began. The Ramirez and Sandoval signings became busts in only their first season with the team, as each ranked among the worst position players in the league. Cherington also lavished a four-year, $82.5 million extension on Rick Porcello before waiting to see how he would acclimate to his new team, only to watch him become one of the league’s least valuable pitchers.
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The spectacular failure of this season paved the way for a front office shakeup, leading to Dave Dombrowski being hired as the team’s president of baseball operations. Cherington was given the opportunity to remain in his GM role, but he declined to stay after being stripped of his power. Dombrowski is calling the shots now, with Mike Hazen being promoted to the GM position to work under him.
Dombrowski had previously served as GM for the Detroit Tigers, before abruptly parting ways in July, ending his 14-year tenure with the team. He came with a reputation of a leader that was never afraid to make bold moves, having previously traded for superstars such as Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer during his time in Detroit.
He’s only been in Boston for about four months, but Dombrowski is already living up to that reputation by making significant moves to drastically overhaul the starting rotation and bullpen.
A year ago Red Sox fans were excited about the shiny new toys that Cherington had collected, but those big names turned into big disasters. Will Dombrowski’s moves work out any better? Time will tell, but it certainly seems like he’s off to a tremendous start in turning this team around.
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