With Alex Cora officially sworn in as Red Sox manager, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski can get to work on improving the club's roster.

On Monday after Cora's introduction, Dombrowski was asked about his offseason priorities with adding offense seemingly the most important.

"We need to score more runs," Dombrowski said. "Some of that has to come internal. When you start looking at some of our guys, some of them didn't have as good, I don't think, of offensive years as they're capable of having so some of that increased production comes internally. But we do have probably the open spot of first base slash DH, and so that's a place we'll try to create some offense there."

First baseman Mitch Moreland is unlikely to return to Boston as he hits free agency creating a void at the position. The Red Sox have been tied to free agents Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez while also emerging as a potential trade partner with the Miami Marlins for slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

Boston's only current option at first baseman/designated hitter, Hanley Ramirez, had shoulder surgery after the season, but Dombrowski said doctors have ensured him that Ramirez would be healthy enough to play first base next season if the club acquires a player better suited for the DH role.