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Dave Dombrowski doesn't believe Red Sox title window is closing anytime soon

John Tomase
December 12, 2018 - 9:09 pm
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Dave Dombrowski doesn't want to hear about any stinking title windows.

Addressing reporters at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Dombrowski disagreed with the notion that the Red Sox' title window is closing.

"I've never bought that," he said. "I've heard it before. When I was with Detroit I heard it there. We won a lot of games after that. And I think the reality is when you have a foundation of good players, which we will have under any circumstances, and you have revenues to spend and a good organization, that your window of opportunity to win with that group of players, maybe, is done. But it doesn't mean your window to win is complete."

There's little question that change is coming. Outside of closer Craig Kimbrel, who's likely to depart in free agency, the Red Sox can return every key player from the 2018 champions to defend their title. But then things get dicey, with Chris Sale, Xander Bogaerts, and Rick Porcello hitting free agency, followed by Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. in 2020.

That has led to reports that the Red Sox are willing to listen to offers on Porcello, Bogaerts, and Bradley, in an attempt to cut payroll. But Dombrowski chooses to examine the club's position through a broader lens.

"The reality is when you look at our club, we still have a lot of young players that are not close to free agency, a couple of key guys, (Andrew) Benintendi and (Rafael) Devers," he said. "Guys we have for quite a while. We have some starting pitching signed for long term and if we do lose X, we can try to get Y. And a lot of times you want to retain your own players, but if it doesn't work, you try to go out and get somebody else and ownership is very supportive of us having a good club."

Add it all together, and Dombrowski sees no reason the Red Sox won't continue contending well beyond 2019, windows be damned.

"So I never bought that and I've heard it before," he said. "I do think the key is yeah your window of opportunity ends with the same core of players because some will leave, some will be in a position to get better deals than we're willing to offer and they want to pursue that. But it doesn't mean you can't keep winning."

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