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MLB Rumors: Red Sox 'rebuffed' Dave Dombrowski's contract extension requests

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox 'rebuffed' Dave Dombrowski's contract extension requests

The Boston Red Sox didn't wait until the end of the season to cut ties with president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who was officially sent packing Monday without so much as a press conference.

And it appears the writing had been on the wall for months.

In a column for The Athletic on Monday, Evan Drellich reported the Red Sox had been "grappling with Dombrowski’s future for some time."

"More than once since winning the World Series, Dombrowski asked ownership for an extension and was rebuffed," Drellich wrote, citing a person with knowledge of the situation. 

That the Red Sox reportedly declined to give Dombrowski an extension on several occasions after he delivered them a World Series is an obvious red flag.

But the shortcomings of Dombrowski's "win now" strategy became glaring this season, as Boston's depleted farm system limited its options at the MLB trade deadline while the pitching staff has shown signs of age.

According to Drellich, the ace of that staff, Chris Sale, was a point of contention between Sale and Red Sox ownership. Per Drellich, Dombrowski had to "push" ownership to approve Sale's $145 million contract in March, and that back-and-forth was one that Dombrowski "did not handle smoothly."

So, even as the Red Sox basked in the success of their 2018 title, it seems they were moving closer to cutting ties with Dombrowski in just his fourth season with Boston. On Monday, they finally pulled the trigger, leaving the front office with quite the tall task.

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MLB Rumors: Yankees offer Gerrit Cole a record contract

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MLB Rumors: Yankees offer Gerrit Cole a record contract

The Boston Red Sox may be looking to cut their payroll this offseason. But that doesn't mean that their rivals will be too.

In fact, some may spend big. And that includes the New York Yankees.

The Yankees have been reportedly interested in free-agent pitcher Gerrit Cole. The former Houston Astro is expected to get a lot of money on the open market, and according to Bob Klapisch of the New York Times, the Yankees have made a record-setting offer for his services.

This would be a big signing for the Yankees, as they could use another top-tier pitcher for their starting rotation. And Cole would certainly fill that need.

Cole, 29, had one of the best seasons of his career for the Astros, logging a 20-5 record and posting a 2.50 ERA. He also struck out a league-best 326 batters and helped the Astros win the American League pennant.

While the Yankees offer is on the table, they are still competing with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels to earn his services, as Klapisch noted. We'll see if this offer is enough or if any of the teams involved in the sweepstakes up the ante.

And while the Yankees chase after Cole, the Red Sox are weighing some moves of their own. According to the latest rumors, they are expressing interest in a reunion with Rick Porcello.

Where Cole ranks among the MLB's top 10 free agent starting pitchers>>>

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox interested in a reunion with Rick Porcello

MLB Rumors: Red Sox interested in a reunion with Rick Porcello

The Boston Red Sox may be trying to cut some payroll this offseason, but that isn't going to stop them from targeting some free agents. And that may include one of their own.

According to Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald, the Red Sox are having talks with Rick Porcello about a potential reunion. While the Red Sox may be interested in Porcello, Mastrodonato wrote that "it's unclear how aggressive the Red Sox will be in their pursuit."

He also noted that a short-term, incentive-based contract may make sense for both sides.

Porcello, soon to be 31, has spent the past five seasons with the Red Sox after being acquired in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Wilson, and Gabe Speier. He won the Cy Young Award in his second year with the team, 2016, but he has had issues in the seasons since that campaign.

In 2019, Porcello endured his worst campaign as a pro, logging a career-worst 5.52 ERA and 7.4 K/9, his worst mark since joining the Red Sox. Still, he posted a 14-12 record and still profiles as a solid back-end starter because of his ability to eat innings.

We'll soon see if the Red Sox end up being involved in the Porcello sweepstakes. If they are involved, they will have competition and may find themselves facing off with the likes of the New York Mets, who reportedly have an interest in Porcello.

Where Porcello ranks among the MLB's top 10 free agent starting pitchers>>>

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