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Wren, Dipoto among candidates for Red Sox GM job

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Wren, Dipoto among candidates for Red Sox GM job

New president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday that he would hire a general manager to replace Ben Cherington - but wouldn't rush the decision.

Based on conversations with multiple industry sources, here are some potential candidates that Dombrowski might be considering:

 

Frank Wren

For the time being, Wren has been established as the favorite. Wren worked under Dombrowski with the Marlins before being hired for a season as the general manager of the Baltimore Orioles, then eight more seasons as the GM in Atlanta. Wren did a generally good job with the Braves, but his tenure ended badly last September after a falling out with team president John Schuerholz.

Wren met with Dombrowski in the Tampa area at the end of July and the two are known to communicate frequently.

 

Jerry Dipoto

Dipoto was hired as a consultant by the Red Sox two weeks ago, brought in to provide a critical eye to evaluate the organization's own prospects as the club heads into the post-season.

He had spent 3 1/2 seasons as general manager of the Los Angeles Angels and led them to a 98-win season last year. But Dipoto often clashed with manager Mike Scioscia and when Dipoto went to owner Arte Moreno with a either-he-goes-or-I-go ultimatum, he lost.

Dombrowski is known to like and respect Dipoto and Dipoto's thorough knowledge of analytics would nicely balance Dombrowski's more conventional player evaluation methods.

Added bonus: he's already a Red Sox employee.

 

Billy Eppler

Eppler is a highly regarded young executive and was a finalist for the San Diego GM vacancy - along with current Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and A.J. Preller.

It's widely assumed that Eppler - blocked in New York by longtime GM Brian Cashman - will get a GM job this winter with several potential openings looming.

Dombrowski speaks highly of him, but would the Yankees discourage him from taking a job with the Red Sox?

 

Dan O'Dowd

O'Dowd was squeezed out in Colorado and is currently doing some TV work for the MLB Network. He and Dombrowski are close

Michael Chavis bolsters AL Rookie of the Year case in latest Red Sox win

Michael Chavis bolsters AL Rookie of the Year case in latest Red Sox win

Dustin Pedroia was the last Boston Red Sox player to win American League Rookie of the Year in 2007, and Michael Chavis is doing his best to potentially join the veteran second baseman among the award's winners.

Chavis blasted a grand slam in Boston's 10-8 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on Monday night, becoming the first Red Sox rookie to do it since Mookie Betts in 2014. 

The 23-year-old first baseman now leads AL rookies with 52 RBI. Among AL rookies, Chavis' 16 home runs rank tied for second, his 73 hits rank second, his 40 runs are tied for first, his 27 walks are tied for second, his .330 on-base percentage ranks second and his 1.1 WAR ranks third.

Chavis, overall, is hitting .259 with 16 home runs and 52 RBI in 282 at-bats over 73 games. This is a pretty good stat line for a player with no Major League Baseball experience before 2019.

Chavis has plenty of competition for AL Rookie of the Year. Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe and Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher John Means are the two favorites. But if Chavis is able to remain a key part of the Red Sox lineup on a consistent basis, he should be among the top candidates for the award when the regular season concludes, especially if his performance helps Boston earn a postseason berth.

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Xander Bogaerts joins Hall of Famers as hot streak hits historic level

Xander Bogaerts joins Hall of Famers as hot streak hits historic level

The Boston Red Sox have won five of their last seven games despite some less-than-stellar pitching.

And they have Xander Bogaerts in large part to thank.

Bogaerts stayed scorching hot Monday night, going 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored to help the Red Sox defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-8 at Fenway Park.

With that performance, the Sox shortstop now has recorded at least one hit, one RBI and one run scored in seven consecutive games. That puts Bogaerts in some very elite company.

Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Jimmie Foxx and Joe Cronin all have their numbers retired at Fenway Park and are members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, while Troy O'Leary was a solid outfielder for Boston in the late 1990s.

Bogaerts still has four games to go to catch Williams (the Chicago Cubs' Ray Grimes owns the MLB record of 17 consecutive games with an RBI) but he's still put up some eye-popping numbers of late.

The 26-year-old has amassed 12 hits in that seven-game span to raise his batting average to .307 while adding 12 RBIs and four home runs since July 4.

Bogaerts has been Boston's best hitter in a lineup with plenty of big bats as he continues to earn every dollar of his recent contract extension.

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