Dombrowski’s Arrogance Cost the Red Sox This Season and Eventually His Job

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"But really, our club, if we are going to thrive, and thrive well, it’s going to be because of our starting pitching.” - Dave Dombrowski.


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Dave Dombrowski did nothing to help his team this offseason. Dombrowski’s lack of roster building for this season has left the Red Sox trying to catch teams for the second Wild Card spot.  The defending champions look left for dead, and while we can point fingers at many different people such as Manager Alex Cora, Chris Sale, who looks a shell of himself, the dumpster fire of a bullpen, I mean I can go on here. The person that deserves the blame is the man who is in charge of the roster building of the Boston Red Sox. 

Shop Back-to-Campus Gear at Fanatics.comThe Red Sox let both Craig Kimbrel and Joe Kelly walk in free agency and replaced them with Colten Brewer. Dombrowski then in-turn re-signed World Series heroes Nathan Eovaldi and Steve Pearce.  Notably Eovaldi received $67 million from the Red Sox. Those two signings are proving to be a waste of the Red Sox ownership payroll dollars that could have been used smarter in the construction of the Red Sox roster this year and future years. 

Dombrowski invested $145 million in Sale this offseason, which could go down as an albatross of a contract for the Sox. Sale’s extension doesn’t begin until 2020. This season we’ve begun to see the decline of Sale. 

Then to top it all off, David Price opted in on this player option and will earn all of the $217 million dollars that Dombrowski offered and signed him to a few seasons ago. No one should blame Price for doing so, he would have had a market this offseason but would never have recouped the dollars he’d leave on the table from Boston. 

Eovaldi has been hurt this season, he had elbow surgery earlier in the season and has made his return to the Sox in the bullpen. Pearce has been on the IL hurt and has proved to be a waste of $6 million dollars that could have been allocated elsewhere. 

Prior to the deadline the Red Sox acquired former Orioles starter Andrew Cashner for two 17-year-old prospects and the O’s ate some money on their end.  Since the trade, Cashner has been a complete wet fart. He has posted a 1-4 record with a 7.53 ERA and most recently took the L against the Royals. 

The July 31st MLB Trade Deadline came and went, and the Red Sox stood pat and did nothing to improve the big league roster.  Dombrowski stated “I think if we were closer to first place, I would have been more open-minded to some of the other things.” 

That one comment from Dombrowski signals he has no confidence in the team he built and is willing to ride and die with the group of 25 in that clubhouse. 

At the trade deadline, Shane Greene, Mark Melancon, Drew Pomeranz, Daniel Hudson, Roenis Elias and Hunter Strickland all went to new teams. While I would not go back down the rabbit hole with Pomeranz again, but any one of those players traded were a clear upgrade than what the Red Sox have been throwing out all season long. 

“I have gone through the blown saves, and I know we’ve had a number of them, but really it hasn’t cost us as many games as what you would think throughout the year.  Our bullpen basically has been fine,” Dombrowski said on NESN's 'Red Sox First Pitch.

"Yeah, I think so," continued Dombrowski.  "Not that we’re not trying to get our club better.  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 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 hadn’t reached that point to really give up a premium young player for a guy that was going to fill a certain role for us where we are right now.  So that’s the difference."

Seriously? If anyone reading this article is able to be ok with Dombrowski’s rationale then shame on you. Dombrowski did nothing to improve this team from the offseason until now and he will lose his job for his lack of execution. 

Does Dombrowski think that Red Sox fans are stupid?  I struggle to understand how he thinks this bullpen has been basically fine this season?  As of last week the Red Sox bullpen had the 9th best ERA in the American League, 4.46. The Red Sox bullpen has blown 21 saves this season with a 7-11 record in those games. They blew two saves in two of those mentioned games.  But, the bullpen has been basically fine. Even if the Red Sox convert 10 of those 21 saves, the team is firmly in playoff positioning. 

As Dombrowski now holds himself up with Tony LaRussa and Frank Wren like the old men puppets Statler and Waldorf in the balcony watching the Sox miserable 2019 season, I’m left to wonder what could have been had he properly added to this roster. 

A lot of the blame can be placed onto Dombrowski, but does he have some valid points?  If the team seemingly just isn’t as good as last year for various reasons, would trading for players to add to the team be a temporary band-aid for the remainder of the season?  Dombrowski has traded away many of the top Red Sox prospects in the system for the likes of Sale and Kimbrel, which we all would have done at the time.  A big splash at the deadline would not have been smart, but a move in general would have been. It would have signaled to the manager, the team, and the fan base that we’re still all in on a championship. 
Instead, Dombrowski will be fired at the end of the season, Wren and LaRussa will be out as well, and the Red Sox ownership will be in the market for new front office. That begs the question, do the Red Sox do what it takes to bring back Theo Epstein? 

In the end, this has been such a frustrating season, especially coming off a World Series win last year.  In closing, I will leave you with this. 


"But really, our club, if we are going to thrive, and thrive well, it's going to be because of our starting pitching."  No Dave, if the club IS going to thrive and thrive well, it's going to be because John Henry fires you at the end of the season. 



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