Boston Red Sox

Apr 13, 2018, Boston, MA: Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski talks on the phone prior to a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. (Photo Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt McCarthy,

The Red Sox have said little publicly about their search for Dave Dombrowski’s replacement, but apparently some within the organization believe the team will ultimately settle on an internal candidate.

According to Anthony Witrado of ESPN and Forbes, two Red Sox scouts are “confident” the Red Sox will pick somebody already employed by the team.

In the wake of Dombrowski’s firing, the Red Sox tapped four front office members to run baseball operations on an interim basis: Eddie Romero, Brian O’Halloran, Zack Scott and Raquel Ferreira. Should the Sox choose an internal candidate, one of those four would seem to be at the top of the list.

Even if the Red Sox want to hire somebody from outside the organization, their hands may be tied. Buster Olney wrote a column for this week detailing the struggles the team might have in luring a desirable candidate to Boston.

Some around baseball view the Red Sox as a “miserable place to work,” according to Olney.

The decisions to remove Ben Cherington from power in 2015 and to fire Dombrowski could scare prospective general managers away, Olney said. Both Cherington and Dombrowski won World Series titles and were gone within two years.

“These decisions loosely frame the industry perception of the Red Sox as a chaotic company, a miserable place to work,” Olney wrote. “Boston owner John Henry needs to understand this, because it is why some of the people he’d probably love to consider as possible replacements for Dombrowski privately dismiss the idea out of hand.”

The Red Sox have said that they have no timetable for the search process.

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