Dombrowski did not waste too much time in adding an impact player as the Red Sox have agreed to a 7-year contract with free agent starting pitcher David Price for $217-million. That's $31-million per season for Price, the 2012 Cy Young winner, to be the ace of the Boston pitching staff for the remainder of the decade.
Price joins closer Craig Kimbrel, who was acquired in a trade from the Padres on November 13.
So, what's next for the Dombrowski regime?
Another starter would be nice but a rotation with Price at the top followed by Clay Buchholz, Eduardo Rodriguez, Rick Porcello, and Wade Miley is good enough, on paper, to start 2016.
I would expect a relief pitcher or two to add to the set-up tandem of Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa.
As for a big move, I do believe Hanley Ramirez will be shipped out with Henry eating at least 40% of the $66-million left on his deal.
Whatever Dombrowski does in the next few weeks to build the 2016 Red Sox, we can all sit back tonight and admire that the team went out and spent the money necessary to acquire a legitimate ace. Price is the type of pitcher who can carry a team to the playoffs and while his postseason career stats - 2-7 with 5.12 ERA - leave a lot to be desired, he should have several chances to turn that part of his story into a positive over the next seven years,