Red Sox 2017 Report Cards: President of Baseball Ops Dave Dombrowski
Our annual Report Card series evaluates and grades the 2017 season of each member of the Boston Red Sox. Up next – Dave Dombrowski.
At the trade deadline on July 31, many people were questioning Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. Fans were saying that Eduardo Nunez wasn’t the answer to the third base woes and that he needed to get a bat and a relief pitcher.
On deadline day, Dombrowski made one move and that was to acquire Mets reliever, Addison Reed. Many fans were disappointed in Dave and said that he should have made another move. Many fans were even calling for him to be fired. Little did he know, he made a move that would change the season.
The day the Red Sox traded for Nunez, feelings were mixed among Sox fans. A lot of fans didn’t know what to think, including me. Few fans felt that Nunez was a good fit for the Sox.
Nunez has gone on to prove many Red Sox fans that he is the real deal and that he fits perfectly with Boston. Nunez has become one of the best players for the team. He leads the team in batting average (.319), slugging percentage (.534), and OPS (.885).
Another move that Dombrowski has made that has helped the Red Sox this season is calling up top prospect, Rafael Devers.
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Many fans thought that Devers was too young to play in the big leagues and hadn’t had enough experience to perform the way the Red Sox needed him to. Dombrowski called him up to see what he could do.
Devers, much like Nunez, proved many people wrong and has performed at a high level after being called up.
Let’s not forget the most important move that Dombrowski has made in 2017. This move came before the season even started. The acquisition of Chris Sale, who was lights out all season and had a Cy Young caliber year.
Sale is arguably the best pitcher in the league and has helped the Red Sox perform well this season. If Dombrowski didn’t make this move in the offseason, the Red Sox would have been in some trouble this season.
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Without these three moves by Dombrowski, the season for the Red Sox could have gone a lot differently. We need to give Dombrowski some credit for making these moves. All of these moves were pretty gutsy and could have gone badly. Luckily, they haven’t.