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Dombrowski: Red Sox have internal replacements for departing front-office staff


Dombrowski: Red Sox have internal replacements for departing front-office staff

In recent days and weeks, the Red Sox have lost their general manager, their vice president of amateur and international scouting, an assistant director of amateur scouting, a member of their analytics department and their mental skills coach.

But Dave Dombrowski, the team's president of baseball operations, insists that the team is not in danger of "brain drain.''

"No, not at all,'' said president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski in a conference call with reporters. "We've lost some good people, but it's also a situation where we have a lot of good people and I think when you have a good organization, if you're winning and you expose people to situations, (a certain amount of exodus) happens. I think the other part of it is that we're more than capable of filling some of those roles from an internal perspective. We've got some quality people and I think the thing that's great about it is, it allows people to grow.''

Dombrowski announced that, in the wake of the departure of Amiel Sawdaye, the former VP of amateur and international scouting who left Monday to become assistant GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Sox were promoting Eddie Romero, formerly the vice president of international scouting, to the position of senior vice president/ assistant GM.

Romero, the son of former Red Sox utility infielder Eddie Romero Sr., will help Dombrowski in personnel matters and player development, while Brian O'Halloran, who has the same title as Romero, will continue to handle administrative matters including salary arbitration and contactual negotiations.

After the departure of Mike Hazen, who left to become GM of the Diamondbacks last week, Dombrowski interviewed Sawdaye and Romero as Hazen's potential replacements before determining that neither had the necessary experience yet to become a major league GM.

Dombrowski said there would be additional internal promotions and adjustments to announce in the coming weeks. He added that senior advisors Frank Wren and Allard Baird, each former general managers, would see their responsibilities increase when it comes to conducting trade talks with other organizations.

Sawdaye's departure is one of several this off-season for the front office. Earlier this month, Steve Sanders, who had been the team's assistant director of amateur scouting, left to become director of amateur scouting for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Also, Tom Tippett, a longtime member of the team's statistical analysis staff, will leave soon too pursue other opportunities. The team recently informed mental skills coach Bob Tewksbury that his contact would not be renewed, according to the Boston Globe.

Dombrowski indicated that Laz Gutierrez would be promoted to take the place of Tewksbury.

In other news, Dombrowski revealed that the entire coaching staff -- hitting coach Chili Davis; assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez; first base coach Ruben Amaro Jr.; third base coach Brian Butterfield; bullpen coach Dana LeVangie; pitching coach Carl Willis; and bench coach Torey Lovullo -- had all agreed to return for 2017.

That, of course, is subject to change since Lovullo is believed to be a target of Hazen for Arizona's managerial vacancy.

Dombrowski said the Diamondbacks had yet to request permission to speak with Lovullo, though that may happen soon now that Hazen has hired Sawdaye to fill out his front office.

When Hazen was hired by the Diamondbacks, he was limited to hiring just one member of the Red Sox' Baseball Operations staff. But, Dombrowski added, that limit didn't apply to uniformed staff members such as Lovullo, who would be leaving for a promotion.


MLB Rumors: Reds interested in signing Brock Holt

MLB Rumors: Reds interested in signing Brock Holt

Brock Holt still doesn't have a team, but he's garnering attention in free agency with spring training less than one month away.

The Cincinnati Reds are one of the teams interested in signing the former Boston Red Sox utilityman, according to Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

While Holt wouldn't be an everyday player, he'd be a valuable presence off the bench. The 31-year-old is a career .271 hitter and capable of playing virtually any position. In 2019, Holt played everywhere except pitcher, catcher, and center field.

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In addition to his versatility, Holt proved throughout his Red Sox tenure to be a fan favorite and beloved teammate. The 2015 All-Star undoubtedly would be a welcome addition to the Reds clubhouse.

Boston recently signed ex-Reds utilityman Jose Peraza, presumably Holt's replacement, to a one-year deal worth about $3 million.

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MLB rumors: Red Sox have shown interest in Hensley Meulens for manager job

MLB rumors: Red Sox have shown interest in Hensley Meulens for manager job

The Boston Red Sox need a new manager with pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in less than a month, and one potential candidate is Hensley Meulens.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported late Sunday night that Boston has shown interest in New York Mets bench coach Hensley Meulens.

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Meulens is a really good option for the Red Sox. Before joining the Mets in November, he spent the last decade with the San Francisco Giants as a hitting coach and bench coach, helping the National League club win World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He also managed the Netherlands at the 2013 World Baseball Classic and speaks several languages. Meulens was a candidate for the New York Yankees' manager job in 2017.

The Mets also need a new manager after parting ways with Carlos Beltran last week, and they would be smart to promote Meulens instead of letting him leave for Boston.

The Red Sox parted ways with manager Alex Cora last week after Major League Baseball named him 11 times in a nine-page report detailing the Houston Astros' sign-stealing operation used over the last few years. Cora was the Astros' bench coach in 2017 before joining the Red Sox as their manager for 2018. The MLB report concluded Cora played a key role in creating and implementing Houston's sign-stealing system. The 2018 Red Sox currently are being investigated by the league.

The sign-stealing scandal has resulted in three managers -- Cora, Beltran and Houston's A.J. Hinch -- losing their jobs, and none of these positions have been filled yet.

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