A new rumor has the Nationals linked to one of the top free agent names on the market. This one, however, is not a player, he's an executive.
Since his firing as general manager of the Detroit Tigers, Dave Dombrowski has drawn interest from multiple clubs, including the Nationals. The accomplished front office boss has a history with Nats GM Mike Rizzo, most recently with the trade of Doug Fister to Washington before the 2014 season. Both also got their start as MLB scouts in the Chicago White Sox organization.
Here is the report from USA Today's Bob Nightengale:
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 13, 2015
Dombrowski was let go from the Tigers on Aug. 4 after 14 years at the helm. The Tigers were struggling this season after making the playoffs four straight years. Detroit lost in the World Series twice during Dombrowski's tenure and were defeated two other times in the ALCS.
Dombrowski built the Florida Marlins World Series team in 1997 and is known as one of the most respected executives in baseball. He actually has ties to the Nationals franchise, as his first GM job was with the Montreal Expos from 1988 to 1991.
As Nightengale notes, the Blue Jays and Mariners are also possibilities. One would expect Dombrowski could get something more substantive than a consulting job, that he has done enough to earn a prime position in a front office for his next gig. The Nats have had a lot of success with their current power structure, so it would be interesting to see what role Dombrowski would serve if brought on.