After taking over a team with many questions marks in late August of 2015, Dave Dombrowski was able to turn one of the most disappointing teams in the MLB to one of the teams on the rise in a matter of months.
Dombrowski was just released from his job as the Pressient of Baseball Operations of the Detroit Tigers two weeks prior, when he had gotten a call from Red Sox Owner John Henry. The two shared a previous relationship with the Marlins. He was offered the job to be the a President of Baseball Operations for the Red Sox, and he accepted, removing Theo Epstein heir Ben Cherington from the Front Office.
By the time that Dave Dombrowski began his tenure, the Red Sox were well out of contention, and we’re trying to finish strong to salvage something from the dismal 2015 season. Once the season ended, many questions were still left unanswered. Would Jackie Bradley Jr. have a spot on this roster? Where would Hanley Ramirez play when he was a healthy, since he was horrendous in Left Field? Could Pablo Sandoval bounce back? Could Dombrowski find an ace? Could Dombrowski improve the bullpen? All these questions became answered.
Dombrowski entered the offseason with a loaded farm system and many young assists that were major league ready. He kicked things off by signing outfielder Chris Young to a two year deal, giving the Red Sox a strong bat against Right Handed pitching. Then, he pulled off his first blockbuster, sending top prospect Manuel Margot along with a few others to the San Diego Padres for closer Craig Kimbrel, arguably one of the best in the MLB. Dombrowski also swung a deal for reliever Carson Smith, who showed promise with Seattle, but has yet to pitch for the Red Sox yet. Then, still in need of an ace, Dombrowski didn’t spend any more time messing around, as he got Starting Pitcher David Price to come to Boston on a 7 year, 217 million solar contract, the largest contract ever given out to a starting pitcher in MLB History. With a revamped roster, the Red Sox along with their fan base headed into 2016 with plenty of hope.
David Ortiz’s Farewell Tour dominated the headlines, and the Red Sox dominated at the plate all year long, scoring the most runs in the MLB with over 800. Dombrowski made in season trades that Bolstered the Red Sox chances heading into the home stretch of the season, acquiring pitcher Drew Pomeranz from the San Diego Padres for the team’s number four prospect pitcher Anderson Espinoza. Dombrowski also acquired rental players in utility Aaron Hill, and reliever Brad Ziegler, who wouldn’t be back in the following year but helped improve the team in oreder to try and make a deep playoff run. Despite all these trades, the Pitching wasn’t spectacular outside of the emergence of Cy Young Winner Rick Porcello, but the offense was able to take the pressure off of them en route to the Boston Red Sox winning 93 games along with the division.
Heading into the postseason, the Red Sox seemed destined to make another deep run. The team was motivated because this was Ortiz’s last year, it was a September to remember (except for the last week of that month) and our young stars were shining and stepping it up. However, the Cleveland Indians rolled right over the Red Sox, sweeping them in the ALDS and sending Boston off onto a premature offseason.
With Ortiz no longer around, it only seemed as if the Red Sox needed to make a few minor adjustments. Dombrowski, however wanted more. We were able to get Mitch Moreland on a one year deal to play first base, so Hanley Ramirez could be David Ortiz’s short term replacement. Then, in need of another strong pitcher to complement Porcello, the Red Sox sent a few top prospects (including the number one prospect in Baseball Yoan Moncada) to the Chicago White Sox for all-star pitcher Chris Sale. This made Boston become an immediate threat to go deeper in the playoffs, with them now possessing three ace-caliber starting pitchers. The Red Sox had changed their approach from run-scoring to run-preventing. That’s not all, however, as Dombrowski swung another deal for Brewers closer Tyler Thornburg, but that trade hasn’t panned out yet, with Travis Shaw playing very well for the Milwaukee Brewers right now, and the prospect we gave them is also dominating, and Tyler Thornburg not pitching for the Red Sox at all this year so far, and him potentially missing the whole season. These moves solidified the Boston Red Sox as a team that not only could make the playoffs, but a team who could be a huge contender to get the American League Pennant.
it has been a decent start to this season for the Red Sox. They currently are 31-25, and are in second place behind the Yankees. Chris Sale has come in and dominated, but the team has yet to stay consistent. When the pitchers have done well, the bats have gone silent. When the bats are booming, the bullpen can’t close it out. Injuries have contributed to that as well. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia and Starting Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez are currently hurt, and David Price missed the first two months of the season. Their is over 100 games left, however, so there’s no reason to give up hope yet.
Dave Dombrowski has continued his dominance as an MLB Executive in Boston He did what Cherington was afraid to do, and he sold the farm system to get immediate team needs. It definitely hurts to give up prospects that could help out in the future, but for a team trying to win a World Series within the next few years, it is a risk that is worth taking. Not all the trades have worked out, (the Thornburg trade doesn’t look too good, Carson Smith hasn’t pitched for us yet) but Dombrowski is willing to do whatever he can to improve the Boston Red Sox as fast as possible.
Dealing Dave took a team from worst to first, and with the roster the Red Sox have right now, it doesn’t look like Boston will be cellar dwellers again in the A.L. East for a while.