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Red Sox’ front office shakeup continues


The Red Sox recently fired GM Dave Dombrowski. Now they’re dismissing a couple of his associates.

Jon Heyman reports that the Sox’ senior VP of baseball operations, Frank Wren, and special assignment scout Eddie Bane will not be returning to the club. Wren has been fired. Bane has been notified that his contract will not be renewed. Different mechanisms but they’re both gone.

Wren’s dismissal is not shocking, as he was a Dombrowski man. He was brought in after Dombrowski was hired having worked with him in both Miami and Montreal. Bane preceded Dombrowski’s tenure in Boston, having been hired away from the Angels in 2012. In Anaheim he was the architect of several successful drafts, including the draft that landed Mike Trout with the 25th pick in the first round.

No matter what their bonafides, however, when the king is exiled, his court soon follows. Expect even more shuffling when the Red Sox hire a new GM to replace Dombrowski on a permanent basis.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger,’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.