Dave Dombrowski leaving Tigers; What does it mean for Red Sox?

Rob Bradford
August 04, 2015 - 12:37 pm

Word came down late Tuesday afternoon that the Tigers were relieving Dave Dombrowski of his duties as general manager/president. It was announced that Al Avila will take over the 59-year-old executive's duties. Dombrowski's contract with the Tigers was set to expire after this year.

So what does this have to do with the Red Sox. Maybe nothing. But maybe something. As we pointed out in two separate columns on WEEI.com (and on the Bradfo Show podcast), the Red Sox could be eying someone like Dombrowski to take over a newly-formed role with the team, overseeing baseball operations. With Sam Kennedy ready to take the reigns as team president, but making it clear that he would not be making player acquisition decisions in the same manner as his predecessor, Larry Lucchino, changes along these lines seem inevitable. Such a dynamic would allow the Red Sox to keep general manager Ben Cherington and his staff in place, with Dombrowski -- who previously worked under principal owner John Henry in Miami -- garnering the final say on baseball operations decisions. It is a structure that has been put in place throughout baseball, with the Cuba, Dodgers, White Sox an Phillies serving as examples. Here is John Tomase's take on how Dombrowski might make the most sense for the Red Sox if they decide to go that route.