They don't tolerate losers in Boston, the adage goes, and Dave Dombrowski - the venerated executive who'd previously transformed the moribund Marlins into a World Series champion before turning the comparably destitute Tigers into a juggernaut - knew this when he took over as Red Sox president of baseball operations in the summer of 2015.
That winter, unfazed - or perhaps galvanized - by Boston's fifth-place finish the season prior, Dombrowski sent four prospects to San Diego for closer Craig Kimbrel and then signed David Price to a record-breaking $217-million contract. The Red Sox won the division in 2016.
That winter, in a bid to propel his club past the American League Division Series, Dombrowski sent four prospects - including Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech - to the White Sox for Chris Sale. Boston won the division again in 2017.
The following offseason, after watching his club fail to reach the American League Championship Series for the second successive year, Dombrowski signed J.D. Martinez to a five-year contract. The Red Sox proceeded to win the AL East for a third straight year before bludgeoning their way to the World Series title.
Dombrowski did the damn thing. His singular focus had delivered a championship to Boston.