Dave Dombrowski ran the Red Sox front office from 2015-2019. Now in a tough spot, these are four transactions he made that Chaim Bloom will have to fix.
Dave Dombrowski was hired as president of baseball operations for the Boston Red Sox to deliver a championship. And he did. But now, Dombrowski is gone because of what transpired in order to get that World Series ring.
Based off of Dombrowski’s track-record, it should be no surprise that he handed out large contracts and dried up a once fertile farm system. Look at the Detroit Tigers, that is what the Red Sox would end up as if Dombrowski remained. With the firing of Dombrowski and hiring of Chaim Bloom, the Red Sox will look to build sustained success through fewer large contracts and deepening a shallow farm system.
The Red Sox are walking into foreign waters. Never in recent years have the Red Sox needed to act so stingy with money. However, it should be priority number one to reset the luxury tax this offseason and bringing over a top-executive from Tampa Bay is the perfect hire to do so.
As important as it is to rectify Dombrowski’s mistakes, it is equally as important to learn from those mistakes and the types of trades and signings to avoid.
Here are four transactions that got the Red Sox into this troublesome position.