Dave Dombrowski (far left) has been known to trade away many of his top prospects for proven major league talent. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

A look at Dave Dombrowski's trade history; will he trade away Red Sox prospects?

Ryan Hannable
August 20, 2015 - 7:31 pm
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With Dave Dombrowski joining the Red Sox as president of baseball operations, many are wondering what the offseason will be like as he looks to get the team in a position to win in 2016. If there is one thing to be said about his style, it is he's not afraid to trade anyone and he is willing to make as many trades as it takes. "I don'€™t think you have untradeable players," Dombrowski said Thursday on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan show. "There'€™s players that are more difficult to trade depending how your club sets up, but I think you'€™re very open-minded to anything because you need to have an open mind in order to make deals happen." Here are some of Dombrowski's biggest trades from his time in Detroit since 2007 (in all he's made 48 trades in that time frame): -- December 2007: Tigers get Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis from Marlins for outfielder Cameron Maybin, pitcher Andrew Miller, catcher Mike Rabelo and minor league pitchers Eulogio De La Cruz, Dallas Trahern and Burke Badenhop. -- July 2009: Tigers get pitcher Jarrod Washburn from Mariners for left-hander Luke French and minor league prospect Mauricio Robles. -- December 2009: Tigers get Max Scherzer, Daniel Schlereth, Phil Coke and Austin Jackson in three-team deal for Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson. -- November 2012: Tigers get second baseman Omar Infante and right-hander Anibal Sanchez from Miami in exchange for pitchers Brian Flynn and Jacob Turner and catcher Rob Brantly. -- July 2013: Tigers get reliever Jose Veras from Astros for minor leaguers David Paulino and Danry Vazquez. -- November 2013: Tigers Ian Kinsler from Rangers for Prince Fielder. -- December 2013: Tigers get infielder Steve Lombardozzi, left-hander Ian Krol and minor league lefty Robbie Ray from Nationals for Doug Fister. -- July 2014: Tigers get David Price in three-team deal while giving up center fielder Austin Jackson, Drew Smyly and minor league shortstop Willy Adames. -- July 2014: Tigers get reliever Joakim Soria from Rangers for RHP Corey Knebel and minor league RHP Jake Thompson. -- December 2014: Tigers get Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Wilson, pitching prospect Gabe Speier from Red Sox for Rick Porcello. * These don't include the trades he made during this year's deadline, as he left the Tigers less than a week after the July 31 trade deadline. It is evident Dombrowski won't shy away from any deal, as he has made seemingly every deal possible: proven veteran for prospects, prospects for proven veteran, proven player for proven player, etc. It would also seem no Red Sox player is untouchable this offseason. The biggest trait that seems to have stuck with Dombrowski through his many years as a baseball executive is him trading away top prospects for proven players. But, while he has dealt away some prospects, not all of his deals are centered around his farm system and top prospects and historically when he does trade away prospects rarely do they turn out to backfire as the vast majority of prospects traded don't ever perform at the major league level. The most notable prospects Dombrowski dealt were Miller and Maybin in the Cabrera deal as they were ranked the 10th and sixth-best ranked prospects in baseball at the time by Baseball America, but both haven't left the Tigers kicking themselves for giving up on them. "When you look at the pluses of the Boston Red Sox at this time, it'€™s that they have a great farm system," Dombrowski said during Wednesday's press conference. "It'€™s very well-respected. It'€™s one of the best in the game, if not the best." With the Tigers, they had one of the worst farm systems in baseball, so now with him being in possession of one of the best in the game, will that change his thinking on trading away prospects? "There'€™s also a lot of good young players here that are breaking in at the big league level right now. So it'€™s a great place to start," Dombrowski said. "I think that the farm system, we used the farm system a little bit different when I was in Detroit. We had the pedal to the metal trying to win a world championship, and unfortunately we fell short of that. And we traded a lot of our good young talent at that time. "But ideally, your farm system, if you can bring up your own home-grown players, all the much better. You know the players, you know their talents, you'€™ve taught them, you get to know them inside-out. It also gives you cost-stability of young players." While he says he will use the farm system differently than he did in Detroit, only time will tell, especially once the phone starts ringing in early November.

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