On Sunday, the Boston Red Sox fired president Dave Dombrowski less than a year removed from winning the World Series. Dombrowski's team had disappointed this season, but was on pace for 86 wins. Previously the Red Sox had won at least 93 games in his three full years on the job. Nevertheless, the Red Sox decided it was the right time to make a change at the top.
Whether or not the Red Sox end up in a better position than they were under Dombrowski is to be determined. This much is certain: Dombrowski's tenure will continue to impact Boston's long-term plans -- perhaps more than previously imagined. According to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox are likely to part with at least Mookie Betts or J.D. Martinez this winter -- if not both.
In re-signing Eovaldi and then reaching a long-term deal with Chris Sale, Dombrowski put the Sox in a position where – based on their payroll projections and a significant desire to get under the luxury tax threshold sometime in the next two years to reset the penalty structure – they'll likely end up parting with J.D. Martinez, Mookie Betts, or possibly even both this winter.
Betts, the reigning American League Most Valuable Player, has one more season of team control remaining before he qualifies for free agency. Betts has been clear about his desire to test the open market as a means of securing fair value. The Red Sox, in turn, have reportedly contemplated trading him this winter. Betts is making $20 million this season and should receive another sizable raise ahead of next season.