When Dave Dombrowski was named Red Sox President of Baseball Operations last August, the prevailing notion was that the administrative change was a step in the right direction. Dombrowski has had a long history of building contending teams as a baseball executive, and there was no reason why he wouldn’t be able to replicate his Florida and Detroit success with a team that had more resources than many, if not all, of its competitors. Yet beneath the surface layer of cheers, there were dissenting whispers bringing up the dark side of a Dombrowski reign. “Oh, you like your prospects and organizational depth?”those whisperers said. “Well don’t get used to them. They don’t call him Dealin’ Dave for nothing”. We were warned. This is what Dombrowski does; he cashes in minor league assets for major league talent (leaving the farm system cupboard completely bare), crafts a playoff team full of All-Stars, forgets about the bullpen, and condemns the team to a cycle of near-misses in October. Continue reading
With two commanding victories over the Indians, the Red Sox won their eighth series of the year. The entire lineup has caught fire at the same time; largely led by Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts, and David Ortiz. Similarly, the pitching staff (besides you know who) has found their groove, and been able to turn out consistently good performances. Continue reading
Coming off a series loss to the Orioles, the Red Sox looked to get back on track against the Blue Jays. By splitting the four game set, the Sox proved once again that while the offense is very capable, the pitching staff is erratic. However, impressive outings from Christian Vazquez, Clay Buchholz, and Rick Porcello give hope for success going forward. Continue reading
Some thoughts on the Red Sox first series win of the season: Continue reading
It’s pretty damn fun to dream, isn’t it? During the course of the past two seasons, last offseason and now this offseason, as a Sox fan, I’ve done a lot of it. I constantly find myself thinking, “Man, wouldn’t it be great to go get so-and-so?” and of course, it never happens. Last year it was the dream of signing back Jon Lester and going to get Giancarlo Stanton (before he signed for over $300 mil). Then it was the dream that the Sox would make a playoff push behind the bats of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, and a pitching staff with “a lot to prove.” During the 2015 season, it was the dream that the young guys would exceed expectations and make the Red Sox buyers at the deadline. Then, Boston would land deals for guys like Johnny Cueto, Craig Kimbrel (which ended up working out last month) or Tyson Ross, and somehow find their way into the playoffs.
at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 2, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.
After the Red Sox turned the Hot Stove all the way up to 10 last Friday night with their acquisition of Craig Kimbrel, things cooled off considerably this week with reports that Dave Dombrowski and company weren’t looking to make any other big trades this offseason, as well as news that the Sox had pulled out of the running for righty reliever Joakim Soria. I covered the Kimbrel trade briefly here, and I still stand by what I said about the prospects given up in the trade. A lot has come out over the course of the week about how the Red Sox gave up way too much for the 27-year-old closer, but as far as I’m concerned, that they didn’t tap into the Yoan Moncada/Rafael Devers/Anderson Espinoza/Andrew Benintendi quartet makes all the difference.
It was only a matter of time.
The Dave Dombrowski Brain Trust made its first strike of the offseason tonight, addressing the Red Sox biggest need by trading away four prospects to San Diego for closer/bullpen monster/freak of nature Craig Kimbrel. Some quick thoughts: