In the Summer of 2015, Dave Dombrowski joined the Red Sox Organization. Since then the front office man has achieved great success, but his time in Boston is ticking away.
Hiring Dave Dombrowski may be one of the biggest and best decisions the Red Sox ownership team has made in recent history. Dombrowski has been in the baseball world for decades and has seen success almost everywhere he’s gone. When he was brought in in 2015, Red Sox Nation was hoping he’d bring that success with him.
Though Boston has seen some great triumphs as of late, it always felt like at times our front office team could be hit or miss. Theo Epstein ended the Curse of the Bambino but would then have an up and down run with the Sox after. Resigning at the end of 2005 just to come back to the club in early 2006. Epstein would stay with the club until heading off to the Cubs where he would be instrumental in ending their championship drought as well.
Ben Cherington would soon assume the mantle of the key front office role and would also find success. He would be at the helm when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2013. His term didn’t come without criticism though as he was the one responsible for backing up Brinks trucks to Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval.
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Neither big-ticket signing would repay on their investment. The Red Sox will still have to pay Sandoval $18 million for the 2019 season but can finally get out of the deal in 2020 with only having to pay $5 million. Cherington did have successes, he’s the reason the Red Sox have Rick Porcello and that deal has paid in spades.
Now we get to the man of the hour, Dave Dombrowski. His first big move was securing upgrades to both the starting rotation and closer positions. He would get Craig Kimbrel from the Padres and sign free agent David Price, he’d also complete the trade for ace Chris Sale. Safe to say after 2018, both were good moves. He has also since re-signed World Series MVP Steve Pearce, Nathan Eovaldi, and successfully offered an option to Price.
So now we get to the crux of the current situation. It’s time for Dombrowski to get his deal. A majority of what he has had to do since coming into Boston was clean up after others. It was up to him get rid of the dead weight and dead money deals from his predecessors. He has done a hell of a job with the keys to the castle.
He has put the focus back on the youth and core of the squad to bring success for years to come. Yes, he’s added in some big money signings like that of J.D. Martinez, and the aforementioned Eovaldi. But all have come with great success. Dombrowski is a smart man that’s been doing this for a long time. He isn’t the first GM to win a World Series in Boston and I’m sure he won’t be the last, but the way he’s doing it is what should earn him a new deal.
He isn’t afraid to let someone go if it’s not working out despite the contract situation, much like he did with Hanley Ramirez. Every decision he makes is for the betterment of the team and to bring more success to Boston. He is in frequent contact with the ownership group as well as Red Sox manager Alex Cora. You can often see Dombrowski on the field speaking to players and coaches during practices and warm-ups.
Again, he’s not the first to do that and won’t be the last, but that’s the type of GM I want for my team. He takes the time to get to know his staff and what they need to achieve their goals. Dave Dombrowski can deliver more success to the Red Sox and I truly believe he has more than earned his extension from the Fenway Sports Group. Hopefully, we will be reading of his new contract soon, 2019 is right around the corner.