In the Boston Red Sox' never-ending quest to try and be like the Los Angeles Dodgers but failing since 2019, there's a chance this offseason they will try yet again to implement the system that cannot be imitated.
The Red Sox fired Chaim Bloom this month and will now clinch a sub-.500 record and last-place finish in the AL East for the third time in four years. This is supposed to be one of the best organizations in the sport, and though they've won four titles over the last 20 years, they've also missed the playoffs 10 times while finishing below .500/coming in last place in the division six times over that same span. That's not exactly model consistency.
They've gone through countless executives ever since Theo Epstein's departure. Ben Cherington, Mike Hazen, Dave Dombrowski and Bloom have all come and gone, which is concerning turnover for a big-market organization that should probably prioritize stability over chaos.
Nonetheless, we can't argue with the results. They've won titles. But Bloom couldn't get them very far outside of a fluke ALCS appearance in 2021. And this Red Sox roster is the worst it's been in a very long time, and may take quite a while to repair (pending the unearned and undeserved gift of Shohei Ohtani).
Per the latest rumors, they might be eyeing Dodgers general manager Brandon Gomes to head the daunting projecting, meaning LA could lose another top executive under Andrew Friedman (the last being Farhan Zaidi, who took the president of baseball operations job with the San Francisco Giants after the 2018 season).
The Dodgers didn't name a new GM until last year, and already Gomes is garnering interest elsewhere for a promotion.
Dodgers Rumors: Red Sox to poach LA exec to replace Chaim Bloom?
In his latest column, MLB insider Jon Heyman notes Gomes, a Massachusetts product, is on the Red Sox' radar, and mentioned former Boston exec Josh Byrnes and A's general manager David Forst as fits. Alex Speier of the Boston Globe mentioned Gomes as well, in addition to Hazen, who's currently the Diamondbacks GM, and Sox assistant GM Eddie Romero.
Taking a chance on Gomes or Forst would represent a version of what the Sox just attempted to do with Bloom, who came over from the Rays as the team hoped he could implement a Friedman-esque approach with a small-market mind in a big-market club. Except ... the Red Sox limited Bloom's ability to spend and forced him to trade the franchise's best homegrown player since Ted Williams.
If ownership is going to meddle in the baseball operations affairs, especially with largely inexperienced candidates taking on a newer, all-encompassing position, they're in for another rude awakening.
The 2018 World Champion roster that defeated the Dodgers in the Fall Classic was a direct product of Dave Dombrowski's aggression. He signed JD Martinez, David Price and Craig Kimbrel and traded for Chris Sale, Nathan Eovaldi and Steve Pearce, among other moves.
Before that, Cherington fell a-- backwards into the 2013 World Series after the club finished 69-93 the year prior. Gomes is a smart baseball mind and Dodgers fans have liked him as Friedman's right-hand man, but if he's hurled into this position in Boston with the restrictions Bloom had, he's going to be set up for failure.