Dave Dombrowski isn't afraid to pull the trigger on a trade.
The Red Sox president of baseball operations has built a reputation over the years for his willingness to part with blue-chip prospects for proven veterans. In 2018, Dombrowski made the moves to bring postseason heroes Nathan Eovaldi and Steve Pearce to Boston. Last Saturday, he traded two 17-year-old prospects for veteran right-hander Andrew Cashner to address the team's void in the starting rotation.
But even as one of the more active GMs in the league, Dombrowski admits trading in MLB has gotten more complicated over time.
“For me, if you have in your heart you can win a World Series,’’ Dombrowski told Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports, “you do everything you can to win it, by whatever means. But there’s been a general change in (trade) philosophy over the years.
“One big thing is that there is so much scrutiny attached to players that you give up these days. There’s so much media coverage that everyone knows these players. Years ago, nobody knew who these prospects were. So there’s hesitation to make bigger moves."
Dombrowski, a World Series champion with the Marlins in 1997 and the Red Sox in 2018, says the implementation of the one-game Wild Card is another reason league executives have changed up their approach to trades near the deadline.
“It’s changed also with the wild card," Dombrowski told Nightengale. "It used to be as long as you got in, you were fine, because you play a best-of-five wild card. Now, with a one-game wild-card, anything can happen. To me, that’s a difference-maker.’’
With the trade deadline only two weeks away, Dombrowski says the Red Sox could stand pat following their deal for Cashner. With Boston nine games out in the American League East and two games behind in the Wild Card race, it'll be interesting to see whether Dealin' Dave has another move up his sleeve.
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