The Boston Red Sox fired president Dave Dombrowski on Sunday, less than a year after winning the World Series. The Red Sox had been successful under Dombrowski's guidance, notching at least 93 wins in each of his three full seasons. Even this season, a disappointing one relative to expectations, sees the Red Sox on pace to win 86 games.
Regardless of why the Red Sox fired Dombrowski -- and it should surprise no one that money played a part -- Boston will now have to turn its focus to finding a new decision maker.
We don't have inside information about who John Henry may consider for the position. We do, however, have some idea of what Henry wants in a new GM, courtesy of Tom Verducci's piece at Sports Illustrated. The ideal candidate, it seems, is someone who is organized and detailed-orientated:
Most people were shocked. But here's the deal: the reasons the Red Sox hired Dombrowski no longer existed. What they need now, at least in the vision of owner John Henry, is a process-oriented architect who can steer the franchise efficiently through a difficult transition toward its next championship team. That person was not the 63-year-old Dombrowski.
"Dave was the kind of guy who didn't have much a process," said one source familiar with the team's thinking. "He is very good at making decisions right now based on instincts and advice. John likes a more process-oriented approach. And based on where the team is right now–the next couple of years could be rough–they don't trust him to make those decisions."
As such, we put together a list of names who could pop up over the coming months -- either in relation to the Boston job, or elsewhere across the league. The names listed below are presented in alphabetical order, with one obvious exception.
1. Decision-maker-by-committee approach
This is the obvious exception.
The Red Sox are currently being managed by a combination of Raquel Ferreira, Brian O'Halloran, Eddie Romero and Zack Scott. It's unclear how serious any or all of the four will be considered as it pertains to the permanent gig, but one rival American League executive believes it isn't as outlandish as it seems -- and that a by-committee approach would work.
The executive noted that a similar structure is deployed by the Tampa Bay Rays, who lean on a combination of Erik Neander, Chaim Bloom, and James Click. "It's only been a few years of it," the executive told CBS Sports, "but [the league copies] everything else Tampa Bay does."
Under such a scenario, one of the four would likely be named general manager -- for communication purposes above all. (Neander, to complete the loop, is the Rays GM.)