The Boston Red Sox have hired ex-Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations, the team announced.
Dombrowski will take over immediately in his new role. General manager Ben Cherington will step down, but agreed to assist Dombrowski in the transition process. The team said Cherington declined the opportunity to continue in his position.
Dombrowski, 59, was fired by the Tigers on Aug. 4 after 14 seasons in Detroit as president and general manager. He helped build a club that went to four American League Championship Series, including three in a row from 2011 to '13. He previously served as president and GM of the Marlins and as GM of the Expos.
The Red Sox are 52–66 and could finish last in the AL East for the third time in four seasons. Boston won the World Series in 2013 with Cherington as general manager, but has struggled since, and has endured another difficult year. Their troubles extended off the field this week, as manager John Farrell announced he has lymphoma and will step away from the team for the rest of the season.
In August, longtime Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino announced he would step down from his duties by the end of the year and will reportedly be replaced by executive vice president and CEO Sam Kennedy in October.
- Jeremy Woo