Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski

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Report: Red Sox ownership forbade Dombrowski from trading top prospects at deadline

John Tomase
August 03, 2017 - 10:50 am

After a number of deals involving top-level prospects thinned the Red Sox farm system, ownership ordered president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski not to deal any top-end talent at the July 31 trade deadline, according to a report.

Per Sean McAdam of Boston Sports Journal (subscription required), ownership made it clear to Dombrowski at the deadline that he was not to touch the top of the farm system. He instead dealt middle-tier prospects to acquire infielder Eduardo Nunez and reliever Addison Reed.

Per the story:

Two teams that dealt with the Red Sox leading up to the deadline got the distinct impression Dombrowski was not in a position to include any of the Red Sox’ top prospects in any deals. And, indeed, another industry source confirmed Red Sox’ upper management and ownership made it clear to Dombrowski the organization’s premier prospects were not to be dealt.

Dombrowski has aggressively dealt away top-10 prospects since arriving in Boston, using Manuel Margot (among others) to acquire closer Craig Kimbrel, prized right-hander Anderson Espinoza to land Drew Pomeranz, and packaging Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech in a blockbuster for White Sox ace Chris Sale.

The team's top prospect, third baseman, Rafael Devers, homered twice in his first five games in the big leagues. Others considered untouchable at the deadline included left-hander Jason Groome, third baseman Michael Chavis, and first baseman Sam Travis.