By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
Less than one year after winning the World Series, the Red Sox have fired President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski.
Dombrowski will reportedly be replaced on an interim basis by a team of Red Sox front office members, including assistant general managers Eddie Romero, Brian O’Halloran, and Zack Scott.
Assistant GM Eddie Romero is going to be part of a group of executives taking over baseball operations with the Red Sox, including Brian O'Halloran and Zack Scott, a source tells ESPN. They are three of the top decision-makers with the Red Sox right now and will work together.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 9, 2019
Senior VP of major and minor league operations Raquel Ferreira will also contribute to decision-making in the coming days, according to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe.
According to multiple sources, in addition to assistant GMs Eddie Romero, Brian O’Halloran, and Zack Scott, Red Sox senior VP of major and minor league operations Raquel Ferreira is expected to be part of the group running Red Sox baseball operations.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) September 9, 2019
The news of Dombrowski’s firing was first reported by Passan, minutes after the clock struck midnight Monday.
Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe was the first to suggest this summer that Dombrowski could be on the way out. Shaughnessy wrote that Romero was potentially in line to replace Dombrowski.
The Red Sox hired Dombrowski in August of 2015 and tasked him with turning around a team that was en route to back-to-back last place finishes. He did just that, helping to build a team that won three-straight divisions and the World Series in 2018.
Few would have predicted Dombrowski’s departure before this summer. In spring training, team owner John Henry indicated he planned to give Dombrowski a contract extension before his deal expired at the end of the 2020 season.
According to Chris Cotillo of Mass Live, Dombrowski is the only member of the front office being let go at this time.
Dombrowski is the only front office member being let go at this time. No other firings.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) September 9, 2019
Longtime Dombrowski confidants Tony La Russa and Frank Wren, two of the top advisors in the Red Sox baseball operations department, remain under contract with the team, according to Cotillo.
Dombrowski has spent 31 years as a general manager in baseball, including stints with the Expos, Marlins, Tigers, and Red Sox.