Boston Red Sox: Dave Dombrowski doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing

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Boston Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski has made some puzzling remarks regarding the teams’ offseason plans at the MLB Winter Meetings.

The Boston Red Sox need a big bat this offseason, and Dave Dombrowski at least knows that, but some of his comments have made little to no sense.

As the Winter Meetings roll on, the hot stove is heating up and Boston will have to make a move soon. They can’t afford to strikeout on this offseason.

Boston is likely looking to target free agent slugger J.D. Martinez, but with the New York Yankees addition of Giancarlo Stanton, that may not be enough. There are second-tier players that are also available, but Dombrowski laughed at the idea of adding a second power bat to the lineup.

"“I’ve read that but I don’t know where we’d play those two bats, I’m trying to figure that one out. But I would say we’d be more limited to probably one bat. . . . I don’t really know where that second bat would play.”"

It makes no sense that Dombrowski cannot see how adding Martinez AND a second player like Logan Morrison or Carlos Santana would benefit his ballclub. In fact, I have laid out a scenario that allows it to work perfectly. This is what the Boston Red Sox lineup should look like on opening day.

Now, Boston would have to trade Jackie Bradley Jr., and Dombrowski is refuting reports that he’s on the trading block. Still, adding to bats and losing JBJ is something most Red Sox fans are prepared for. To win the AL East, Boston will have to improve their power numbers. Signing two big bats solves that problem.

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Another strange comment from Dave Dombrowski came when he said the team is not basing their moves off of what the Yankees have already done.

"“It’s a great challenge. That’s what it’s all about. We like our club. If we can get better, we’re going to do that. But it’s really not based on the Stanton move. We’re not changing based upon that. It was already our plan to get better. We not only have to beat the Yankees, we have to beat the Astros, world champs, because our goal is to not only win our division but to be the world champs.”"

Really? You should be concerned with what your division rival has done this offseason. The power in the New York lineup is insane, and Boston will have to face that powerful lineup 19 times next season and in the future. Power is needed to counter that. Yes, Boston has great pitching, but we have seen what Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez can do to Boston. Stanton is just going to create even more nightmares. So, stop being Mr. Tough Guy Dave and admit that you have to be concerned with what the Yankees have done. It’s ludicrous to think otherwise.

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Red Sox Nation is struggling to see Dombrowski’s vision, and he needs to make some big moves this winter or he’ll lose all support from the fans. Boston is a “win now” type of city, and he’s struggling to realize that. The window of opportunity is closing each year that passes, and the Red Sox need to take advantage f their opportunity in 2018 with Craig Kimbrel, Drew Pomeranz, and David Price still on the roster. Those three could all be gone in 2019, and that will make winning even just the AL East a whole lot tougher. Dombrowski needs to sign J.D. Martinez and Logan Morrison before the new year, and then all will be right. It’s simply the right decision to make, and Boston can easily find a trade partner for Jackie Bradley Jr. somewhere out west.