Friday Update: Dombrowski Chooses Today Over Tomorrow

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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

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Dombrowski Trims Rotation, Trades Wade Miley

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The Red Sox kept busy on day one of Winter Meetings today, this time trading lefty starter Wade Miley  and reliever Jonathan Aro to the Seattle Mariners for pitchers Carson Smith and Roenis Elias. You’re not going to believe it, but I have some thoughts on this: Continue reading

Friday Update: The Hot Stove Cools Off, Big Papi’s Last Ride, Plus 3 Up, 3 Down

at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 2, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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.

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