Ben Cherington is out. Dave Dombrowski is in. While the man who brought the Detroit Tigers from obscurity to perennial dominance is not going to be the general manager of the Boston Red Sox, he is going to run the show. You can mark that down right now.
This is something that should excite Red Sox fans everywhere. Dombrowski is a winner. Cherington was able to help put things in place to get the Red Sox a World Series championship in 2013 but, he is also at the helm during the other two seasons that saw them finish in last place, as well as this current season, which also finds them in last place with six or seven weeks remaining.
People who don’t really know baseball will point to the number of times that the Tigers failed. They either reached the World Series and fell short, or failed to get to that point at all. They will criticize the moves that Dombrowski did not make.
But, what about the moves he did make while running the Tigers? He acquired Miguel Cabrera in the best deal of the last 25 years. He also acquired David Price, Max Scherzer and David Price. Sure, it may seem obvious to anyone that trading for those types of players is a good thing but, Dombrowski did not have to give up the farm to get them.
If you are looking for moves that fell more by the way side, yet worked out well at times, Do,browski was also responsible for bringing in Jhonny Peralta, Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez, Doug Fister and Sean Casey. Sure, he may have made a few bad moves throughout his tenure running the Tigers and other MLB franchises but, he made far more beneficial ones than detrimental. That is more than many general managers can say about their history.
Dombrowski makes bold moves. That is what a team should want from the man making personnel decisions. And, by bold, I am not talking about simply throwing money at players looking to cash in, yet often fail to deliver. Cherington’s fate may have been sealed with the $255 million spent this past year on Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval and Rusney Castillo. The Red Sox have been in dire need of pitching for quite some time now, yet they often bypassed arms for bats, lowballing some of the better starting pitchers on the market and shelling out major dollars for offense.
Needless to say, it has not worked out this season.
I am not saying that Red Sox fans should expect the team to go from worst-to-first again and win the 2016 World Series. It may not happen.
Then again, give Dombrowski some time to work his magic. Let him bring in his people. Let him surround himself with winners.
Then, look out. This turnaround may happen much sooner than even the Boston faithful expect.