Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Major Shakeup In Red Sox Front Office

The Boston Red Sox have announced the hiring of Dave Dombrowski as President of Baseball Operations tonight.

It was also announced that the team's general manager, Ben Cherington, will no longer continue with the team although he will stay on to help Dombrowski in the transition for an unspecified amount of time.

Cherington seems to be out due to moves made that were above his pay grade.  The team's failure to re-sign Jon Lester this winter while trading for and signing Rick Porcello to a large contract extension and the lavish contracts for Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval reeked of desperation from ownership, not the doings of Cherington.

The hope for Red Sox fans is that Dombrowski will have full and final say over baseball operations and can start the process of rebuilding this franchise into a contender.  While there are many assets on the roster, there are also many holes to fill and a lot of bad contracts that have to be shed.  It will be no easy job but Dombrowski built the the Marlins in the late 1990's - while working for current Red Sox owner John Henry - into a World Series champion before transforming the Tigers from a league joke into a year-to-year contender before he was relieved of his duties in Detroit last month.

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