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Red Sox president of baseball ops Dave Dombrowski explains how MLB trade philosophy has changed

Red Sox president of baseball ops Dave Dombrowski explains how MLB trade philosophy has changed

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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MLB Rumors: Red Sox agree to contract with lefthanded pitcher Martin Perez

MLB Rumors: Red Sox agree to contract with lefthanded pitcher Martin Perez

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly made another signing in MLB free agency.

After signing infielder Jose Peraza to a one-year deal earlier in the day on Thursday, the Red Sox agreed to terms with Martin Perez, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

And per Rosenthal, the deal with pay Perez $6 million in the first year of his deal.

The signing of the 28-year-old lefthander won't do a lot to inspire Red Sox fans. Perez has a career ERA of 4.72 and posted a 5.12 mark last season with the Twins. That said, he did go 10-7 and averaged a career-high 7.3 K/9, so perhaps the Red Sox see a hidden gem.

Perez, a starter, will likely slot into the back-end of the Red Sox rotation. He'll replace Rick Porcello, who agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the New York Mets at the MLB Winter Meetings.

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MLB rumors: Red Sox, free agent Jose Peraza agree to one-year contract

MLB rumors: Red Sox, free agent Jose Peraza agree to one-year contract

The Boston Red Sox bolstered their infield depth Thursday by agreeing to sign Jose Peraza to a one-year contract worth about $3 million plus incentives, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Peraza made his Major League debut in 2015 with the Los Angeles Dodgers but spent the last four years with the Cincinnati Reds. He batted .239 with six home runs, 33 RBI and a .285 on-base percentage in 141 games during the 2019 season.

His best season came in 2018 when he batted .288 with 14 homers, 58 RBI and a .326 on-base percentage in 157 games for the Reds. All things considered, Peraza is a good buy-low candidate for the Red Sox, who also could help Boston replace Brock Holt if he departs in free agency.

The 25-year-old infielder brings plenty of positional versatility to the Red Sox. Peraza mostly played second base for Cincinnati this past season, but he also saw time at third base, left field and center field.

Peraza drew interest from at least four teams, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

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