Last night the Red Sox announced the hiring of Dave Dombrowski to be their new president of baseball operations. Ben Cherington, the GM, was asked if he wanted to stay on but declined because, really, would you want to stay on after that kind of a vote of lack of confidence? But the Sox will still need a GM, and Bob Nightengale reports that former Braves GM Frank Wren is the top candidate for the job.
Seems like a pretty good combination, actually. Dombrowski is a good trader and a bold big picture guy. Wren had his issues with some of the grander moves made when he ran the Braves, but was pretty darn good at the day-to-day and the more complimentary moves like, you know, building bullpens. And, of course, there is unlikely to be ego issues there. Wren is not really anyone’s idea of a new-breed team president and shouldn’t have issues with the new, somewhat diminished role of the general manager these days.
It’ll be interesting to see what the Sox do this offseason. The core and the youth is there for the Sox, and they have a lot of minor league talent. Dombrowski’s forte is trading for a win-now team, so expect all sorts of big names to be rumored to be going to Boston.