The ripple effect from the departure of Larry Lucchino and the poor play of the 2015 Red Sox is only just beginning.
One scenario that could come into play, according to major league sources, is a restructuring of the Red Sox front office into a model used by many other clubs where a president, or director of baseball operations, would work closely with and oversee general manager Ben Cherington.
Or, the club could bring in an experienced baseball executive who would offer a fresh perspective and aid Cherington and the team in what appears to be an inevitable restructuring of the operations.
Given that the Sox’ Big Two — principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner — are as fed up as fans that their highly compensated ballclub is headed to its third last-place finish in four years, it seems unlikely that every employee is going to survive the overhaul.
Since at least one important and experienced baseball voice is expected to be brought in, here’s a couple of names that are going to come up in the next few weeks and months.
Dave Dombrowski. Currently the CEO, president and general manager of the Tigers, he is in a good bargaining position. His contract is expiring this year. After having just engineered a sell-off of valuable parts that re-stocked the Tigers farm system, Dombrowski will be a valued asset for many organizations. The Angels and Blue Jays, with president Paul Beeston retiring, are looking for new executives along with the Red Sox. Tigers owner Mike Ilitch still has not won a championship and may realize how difficult it would be to improve on Dombrowski, thus try hard to keep him. Dombrowski was the Marlins GM when Henry was the owner of that franchise. They still have a good relationship but there are legitimate questions whether Henry considers Dombrowski’s views on sabermetrics advanced or current enough to suit the analytically inclined owner.
Dan Duquette. The current executive vice president of baseball operations for the Orioles had a well-publicized dalliance with the Blue Jays over the winter for the president’s position. The teams could not agree on compensation. Duquette’s contract with Baltimore was extended through 2018. His track record, especially in the talent-evaluation department, while with Milwaukee, Montreal, the Red Sox and Baltimore is a strong one, and he clearly would like a promotion …Read More