Dave Dombrowski not likely to be found involved in Red Sox' sign-stealing in 2018

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By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

With Major League Baseball's investigation into the Red Sox coming to a close, details continue to trickle out about who was and was not involved in their sign-stealing scandal in 2018. Among those in the latter group is former Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

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Red Sox allegations were less egregious than Astros, but one thing not completely forgotten: this isn't their 1st offense. Have heard ex GM Dave Dombrowski, who was there in 2018 (the year in question), will be found to be not involved.

When Heyman mentions this isn't the Red Sox "1st offense," he is referring to a 2017 investigation that found the Red Sox guilty of using an Apple Watch in the dugout to steal signs. At the time, Dombrowski had already been employed by the Red Sox for almost two seasons. The Red Sox were fined an undisclosed amount as punishment.

Dombrowski was hired to replace Ben Cherington late in the 2015 season. He then began a massive overhaul of the roster that included the free agent signings of David Price and JD Martinez, as well as the Chris Sale trade. His time in Boston ended when he was fired with a month to go in the 2019 season. The Red Sox posted a 396-277 record during his tenure, with a World Series win in 2018.

As for the ongoing investigation, Rob Manfred told reporters over the weekend that he expects it to be done "by the end of next week." The punishment is expected to be lighter than that received by the Houston Astros in January.

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