Dave Dombrowski explains why Red Sox didn’t make a move at MLB Trade Deadline

Nick Friar
July 31, 2019 - 6:17 pm

Neither Alex Cora nor Dave Dombrowski was disappointed the Red Sox didn’t get a deal done at the MLB Trade Deadline, even though the Indians, A’s and Rays, the three teams ahead of Boston in the Wild Card standings, all made moves.

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Nothing for the Red Sox though, despite having multiple opportunities to make a trade.

“It really came down to that we just felt that demands for what we were going to receive we didn’t want to pay,” Dombrowski said. “So ultimately it’s a decision that we decided to make. I mean, there are some players that we would have traded, I guess you trade any player, like we’ve talked about in the past, but we just didn’t feel that the deals with the guys either ability, the role they would play, with the service that they had (and) being free agents in a short time period, merited giving up the type of players that we thought. Especially under the circumstances that we’re in.”

By “circumstances,” Dombrowski means the Red Sox are battling for a Wild Card spot. That and the fact the Yankees hold a commanding lead of the division.

If things were going a little differently for the Red Sox, the team’s president of baseball operations might have felt more inclined to make a move.

“I think if we were closer to first place I would have been more open-minded to some of the other things,” Dombrowski said. “When I say that, the club here needs to play better on a consistent basis. That’s the way I look at it. We like our club, we’ve liked our club all year long. We’re sitting, what, 10 games above .500. There’s a lot of great things about it. We had a great week last week, but we still need to do it on a more consistent basis and we haven’t reached that point to give up a premium young player for a guy that was going to fill a certain role for us (with) where we are right now.”

Through discussions with other teams, the Red Sox were presented with offers that could have landed them position players. But Boston’s primary focus was the reliever market. Though, other than Shane Greene, Dombrowski wasn’t looking to back-end arms.

In the end, the issue remained the cost.

“I’m not disappointed because the ultimate decision is I don’t know that there’s a player out there that was traded that we couldn’t have acquired,” Dombrowski said. “It’s just that we didn’t like the price that was asked and I guess the other part of it is to know that, you talk about our farm system over the years. We’re getting asked about a lot of good players that we just didn’t want to make moves on.”

Both Dombrowski and Cora remain consistent in their confidence in the bullpen. They believe in the pieces they have. (It probably emboldened them further when other clubs started asking Dombrowski which Red Sox relievers were available.)

Darwinzon Hernandez, Nathan Eovaldi and even Ryan Brasier are bullpen arms Dombrowski expects the team will rely on going forward, in addition to Matt Barnes and Brandon Workman.

And when it comes to closing games, one of Boston’s biggest weaknesses this year, Dombrowski thinks Workman has proven to be the solution.

“We feel comfortable giving (Workman) the ball in the ninth inning with a one-run lead,” Dombrowski said. “Not only with his stuff, but his makeup.”