Less than a year after the Red Sox hoisted the World Series trophy in Los Angeles, the team has elected to fire President of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombrowski.
The news broke that the club would be moving on from the 63-year-old front office executive immediately following the Red Sox 10-5 loss to divisional foe, New York.
As reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Assistant General Manager, Eddie Romero, will now lead the baseball operations department.
BREAKING: Dave Dombrowski is out as president of the Boston Red Sox. Assistant general manager Eddie Romero will take over as head of baseball operations.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 9, 2019
Following another loss to the division-leading Yankees, the Red Sox dreadful season continues as they now sit 17.5 games from the division and 8.0 back in the Wild Card race.
Dombrowski was hired in August of 2015 during another failing season for Boston. The team was in need of putting a competitive product back out onto the field and in his first year at the helm, the Red Sox found themselves back in the postseason.
One of his first notable moves was the signing of ace David Price. Following the infamous 2015, “Five Aces” season, the club was in need of a true head of the rotation and Dombrowski was able to bring resolve to that issue quickly.
Some of his other more significant additions to the Red Sox roster stretch from Chris Sale, to closer Craig Kimbrel and of course, the hiring of manager Alex Cora.
After winning the division title but failing to advance past the ALDS in both 2016 and 2017, Dombrowski continued to bolster to the roster until the team inevitably had the greatest season the franchise had ever seen in 2018; ultimately ending with a championship.
The current successor, Eddie Romero, was named assistant GM in November of 2018. Romero’s been apart of the organization over the last 14 seasons. Per Jeff Passan, he will be the first General Manager from Puerto Rico.
Although he did construct a World Championship roster just a year ago, Dombrowski has faced criticism throughout this season. With the team not performing to expectation, the fanbase and media took aim at his more recent signings that were completed heading into 2019.
One of those would include starting arm Nathan Eovaldi who is now linked to the Red Sox on a deal that spans over 4-years, worth $67.5 million. Eovaldi has battled injury throughout the first year of that contract, much like he has in years past, and has not exactly been reliable when he has been able to step onto the mound.
It was a relatively short stay for Dave Dombrowski in Boston. But nevertheless, he did exactly what was anticipated. Win in the short term, even if it came at a long term cost.