Boston Red Sox

Jun 25, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Boston Red Sox senior vice president of baseball operations and former Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren watches a game between the Braves and New York Mets in the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt McCarthy,

Ahead of a critical offseason, the Red Sox have fired a close ally of Dave Dombrowski and are expected to make more changes in their scouting department.

According to Jon Heyman, the Sox are letting Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Frank Wren go. Wren was hired by Dombrowski in 2015 and was considered by many as one of Dombrowski’s closest confidants in the organization.

The news of Wren’s departure comes less than two weeks after the team fired Dombrowski.

The Red Sox are also parting ways with veteran scout Eddie Bane, according to Heyman.

Heyman added that the Red Sox are expected to make changes in their amateur scouting department. The team struggled under Dombrowski to find impact prospects via the draft.

The Red Sox face a crossroads in the coming months. The team will be tasked with rebuilding for the 2020 campaign following a disappointing 2019 and will need to decide the future of Mookie Betts, who is a year away from free agency. The next general manager will also be tasked with rebuilding a farm system that entered this past season as the worst in baseball, according to Baseball America.

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