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Dave Dombrowski 'surprised' he's on hot seat less than a year after Red Sox title

Dave Dombrowski 'surprised' he's on hot seat less than a year after Red Sox title

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski addressed his future in two separate interviews this week, telling USA TODAY he's surprised to be on the hot seat and telling WEEI "there's no inside information" behind a Boston Globe column that intimated his days at Fenway Park are numbered.

“Well, I don’t want to say too much about it,’’ Dombrowski said of the speculation, in an interview with USA TODAY'S Bob Nightengale conducted over the weekend at Fenway, “but I am surprised. At least a little bit. I mean, we did win three divisions and a World Series."

As for Dan Shaughnessy's speculation in his Globe column recently that he'd be shocked if Dombrowski is back with next season and that the 63-year-old veteran baseball executive has "few friends inside Fenway's walls," Dombrowski dismissed the sources of that information.

“First of all, I’ve learned now throughout my time period that there’s just some writers I don’t read their articles,” Dombrowski told WEEI. “That’s a better way to do it, so you don’t know what they say at times. You hear about it through the grapevine. But it isn’t just related to me, it’s related to other things throughout the time period I’ve been here..." 

“The people that make that type of decision are John Henry, Tom Werner [and limited partner] Mike Gordon, and I know they’re not getting information from them,” Dombrowski said.

Dombrowski told Nightengale the intense media and fan scrutiny has lived up to its billing since he took the job on Aug. 18, 2015. He has a year left on his contract.

“But I get it. This is a tough market. It’s been known as that. Growing up in this game, I was always told there are three markets that are different than everywhere else: Boston, New York and Philadelphia. And I’d have to say it’s probably lived up to be true.

“It’s just a situation where you look back, somebody seems to get blamed for whatever happened. The fans have been great. And so has ownership. It’s just a [media] theme that always seems to take place."

As for criticism that he's depleted the farm system and compromised the Sox' long-term future with some of his trades that brought back major league talent for top minor league prospects, Dombrowski told Nightengale, “I thought that was what it was all about, trying to win championships.’’

And in hindsight, was the five-year, $145 million extension for Chris Sale, whose future is now very much in doubt, premature?

“I’m thrilled that Chris Sale is with us,’’ Dombrowski said. “People say, 'Oh, could they have waited to sign him?' Sure, but what if you wait and can’t sign him for the same dollar figures we put forth. We thought it was a realistic number."

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Report: Brian Bannister leaving Red Sox to join Giants

Report: Brian Bannister leaving Red Sox to join Giants

After five seasons in Boston, Brian Bannister is taking his talents elsewhere.

The former Red Sox vice president of pitching development will join the San Francisco Giants, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

Bannister was initially hired by the Red Sox as a scout in 2015. Later that year he was promoted to director of pitching analysis and development by then-Sox GM Dave Dombrowski.

In 2016, Bannister became Boston's assistant pitching coach and VP of pitching development. He was removed from the coaching staff but kept the latter title following the 2019 season.

Bannister spent five years as an MLB pitcher with the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals before pursuing a scouting/coaching career.

UPDATE (7:30 p.m. ET): Bannister confirmed his Boston exit Wednesday night in a pair of tweets thanking the Red Sox organization.

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Chaim Bloom: Red Sox 'exploring all options' with Mookie Betts

Chaim Bloom: Red Sox 'exploring all options' with Mookie Betts

Chaim Bloom continues to take the safe approach when it comes to conversations about Mookie Betts' future in Boston.

Bloom was asked on "NESN After Hours" about Betts' contract situation with the superstar right fielder set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. According to the Boston Red Sox chief baseball officer, who was hired in October, all options remain on the table.

“Well, I mean, you’re talking about, as you said, one of the great players in the game,” Bloom said. “We are thrilled to have him, and I know this organization prior to my arrival was happy to have him. Now we have to figure out how we go forward. I think where we are as an organization, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t explore all of our options. But we do that recognizing we have a very good team and one of the best players in the game and we’re going to handle the situation accordingly.”

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This kind of answer from Bloom is predictable, but it's telling that a possible trade involving the 2018 American League MVP hasn't been ruled out.

Boston has been adamant about its goal to cut payroll before the new campaign, and parting ways with Betts certainly would help accomplish that. If there's no indication Betts is willing to commit beyond 2020, trading him for a haul of prospects does make sense. Still, as Bloom acknowledges, Betts is one of the best players on the planet and the organization should aim to lock him up long-term.

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