Major League Baseball rumors: Red Sox fire Dave Dombrowski after blowout loss to Yankees

Fans at Fenway Park watch Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello throw the first pitch against the Angels Saturday Aug. 10 2019 in Boston

He led the Sox to three division titles and the 2018 World Series championship but took the fall for the team's disappointing 2019 season. She's been with the Red Sox for 20 years, working her way from administrative assistant to the upper echelon of baseball power brokers.

The club will elevate senior vice president Raquel Ferreira and assistant general managers Eddie Romero, Brian O'Halloran and Zack Scott to jointly lead baseball operations for the rest of the season.

The firing of Dombrowski, who is under contract to the team through next season, came after the Red Sox lost 10-5 to the visiting New York Yankees, leaving Boston eight games behind the Oakland A's for the second AL wild-card berth.

In late 2005, a year after delivering the first world championship since 1918, Theo Epstein briefly retired and snuck out of Fenway in a gorilla suit. Dombrowski, 63, was hired in August 2015 and keyed the acquisitions of pitchers Chris Sale (via trade), David Price (free agency) and slugger J.D. Martinez.

Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi signed a four-year, $68 million deal despite a steep history of injuries and has contributed little in 2019 after starting the year on the injured list. He also hired manager Alex Cora. "Four years ago, we were faced with a critical decision about the direction of the franchise", Red Sox owner John Henry said in a statement Monday. And he certainly accomplished the success the Red Sox wanted. Dombrowski was the general manager of the Detroit Tigers when they drafted Porcello in the first round (27th overall pick) in 2007. The Red Sox now have one of the worst minor league systems in baseball, making it hard for the team to trade for veterans or bring up major league talent throughout the course of the regular season.

This move, conversely, might signal that Boston is willing to go into a period of development and rebuilding. Time will tell, but Dombrowski won't be around to decide.

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