Red Sox's Dave Dombrowski Named Baseball America Executive of the Year

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2018

Boston Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski answers a reporter's question during a baseball news conference at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was named Baseball America's Executive of the Year on Monday, according to the publication's Jerry Crasnick.

Boston won an MLB-leading 108 games and the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018.

Dombrowski played a huge role in Boston's championship season, as Crasnick noted. He signed David Price in 2015, traded for Chris Sale in 2016, hired Alex Cora as manager and signed Mitch Moreland and J.D. Martinez last offseason and swung midseason trades for Steve Pearce and Nathan Eovaldi.

"It's very difficult to find anybody who's better at preparing for and reading the free-agent market, along with the trade deadline," Red Sox senior vice president of player personnel Allard Baird told Crasnick. "I think Dave does that second to none."

It's the second time Dombrowski has won Baseball America's Executive of the Year Award. He also claimed the honor in 2006 as the general manager of the Detroit Tigers.

"Any time you win an award like this, it's very nice, but it's really an organizational award," Dombrowski said, per Crasnick. "Your scouts and player development people play such a big part in it. The scouts are out there recommending those players. So it's really a combination of everything.

"There's a lot of talk now comparing our team to other teams in the past. But the satisfaction is more, 'You won the world Series.' If we had won 93 games and won the World Series, I'd be just as thrilled."

The Red Sox have the core in place to repeat as champions, though Dombrowski will face some big decisions in the offseason. Will the team re-sign players like Eovaldi, Craig Kimbrel and Joe Kelly? If it can't bring them back, how will Boston fill out and bolster the rotation and bullpen?

Given the team's explosive lineup, pitching will remain the main concern for Dombrowski and the front office. Address that need, however, and there's no reason the Red Sox can't repeat as champions, even if they'll first have to get through a loaded American League.