Dave Dombrowski now out there on a silver platter for Red Sox – Boston Globe
Comments PrintGene Puskar/AP file
Wherever he has been, Dave Dombrowski has made the team better.
NEW YORK — Dave Dombrowski is free, released from his contract Tuesday after an incredibly successful run as president/general manager of the Detroit Tigers.
There has been a lot noise lately about the Red Sox needing a president of baseball operations above general manager Ben Cherington after Larry Lucchino stepped down and Sam Kennedy took Lucchino’s role as president.
We’re not calling for Cherington to be fired, and according to Red Sox sources, he’s not going to be.
Yet Dombrowski, who was in Boston last Sunday after spending two days in Cooperstown, N.Y., is one of those executive superstars. It’s like Mike Trout or Bryce Harper becoming a free agent. Every place he has been — Montreal, Florida, Detroit — he has made the team better. He’s an excellent organizer, a guy who makes great trades, and he is one of the best out there at building an organization.
“I feel this is the right time for the Tigers to move forward under new leadership,” Detroit owner Mike Ilitch said in a statement.
Dombrowski resigns in Detroit
Dombrowski walked away days after he engineered trades for some of the team’s star players.
“Shocked,” said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman when the news came down. “That is one talented dude.”
The most visible landing spot for Dombrowski would be Los Angeles, where the Angels saw GM Jerry DiPoto quit. They have been going with their former GM, Bill Stoneman, on an interim basis, but you get the sense the Angels could be the leader in the clubhouse.
It would be easy. The Angels would just hire Dombrowski now and have Stoneman remain as an adviser to owner Arte Moreno.
Dombrowski also has a personal reason for being on the West Coast, with his daughter an aspiring singer.
The Blue Jays have been looking for a successor to Paul Beeston as president/CEO, and Dombrowski would fit that situation like a glove.
“Any place he wants,” Cashman said.
Dombrowski is highly respected and enjoyed a great relationship with Ilitch. When Dombrowski recently traded David Price, Joakim Soria, and Yoenis Cespedes, there was reason to believe he would be back for the reboot in Detroit, …Read More