Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox on Sept. 9 fired president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, less than a year after the longtime baseball front office executive led the Red Sox to its fourth World Series title under its current ownership.
Dombrowski, with the Red Sox since 2015, had increasingly been at odds with ownership as the team this year has fallen to a third-place standing in the American League East Division with a return to the playoffs this year highly unlikely. The Red Sox this year posted MLB’s highest Opening Day payroll at $213.2 million, with large multiyear contracts for pitchers David Price, Chris Sale, and Nathan Eovaldi representing some of the club’s key financial commitments extending into the next decade.
Dombrowski’s moves to obtain veteran talent in pursuit of the World Series title won last year have also come at a price beyond money, as the Red Sox’ farm system is now widely ranked as one of the worst in the league.
Still, the move to dismiss Dombrowski after winning three straight division titles, a league championship, and posting a franchise-record 108 regular season wins last year represents a rapid turn of events.
“Dave will hold a special place in franchise history as a key architect of one of the greatest Red Sox teams ever assembled,” said Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.
A search for a new head of baseball operations will begin immediately.
The club’s baseball operations in the interim will be led collectively by assistant general managers Eddie Romero, Brian O’Halloran, and Zack Scott. Raquel Ferreira, the club’s senior vice president of major and minor league operations, will also take on an expanded role.