Rob Dibble: Red Sox Offseason Could Get Ugly

Former Pitcher Discusses Dave Dombrowski Firing

Reiter Than You
September 12, 2019 - 9:00 am
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The Red Sox surprisingly fired President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dave Dombrowski on Monday. They also didn't exactly address the situation in a press conference, which left manager Alex Cora trying to answer questions he didn't have exact answers to. 

"The only thing that bothers me is that they don't go after years on contracts, that when it was Theo Epstein or Terry Francona or John Farrell or anybody they were not in complete agreement with, they were able to just cut them loose and it wasn't a big thing, but they owned up to it. I was just upset that you kind of leave Alex Cora out there to dry, to answer for this whole thing," former MLB pitcher Rob Dibble said on CBS Sports Radio's Reiter Than You. 

Dombrowski helped lead the way for the Red Sox winning the World Series in 2018. Less than a year later, he's out of a job. 

"I played for Dave Dombrowski down with the Marlins at the end of my career, played against him when he was with the Expos. I've known him for almost 40 years. And if he's one of the most stand up guys in baseball," Dibble said on Wednesday. "He would be the first one to tell you things didn't work out, he's going to be fine. He enjoyed his time with the Red Sox. I don't understand the animosity to not get out there. They were then when David Ortiz dropped the first pitch. The only one not in the country I think was John Henry. Someone said he was in England, because he owns Liverpool, the soccer team. Tom Werner was there, Sam Kennedy was there. I just don't understand why you don't sit there and go listen, we want to go in a different direct, we're spending a ton of dough."

The Red Sox have a lot of money with big deals tied to a couple players and face some big decisions ahead in the offseason that could shape the future of the team. 

"If you look at these monster contracts and I didn't even know this, Xander Bogaerts just got $120 million extension. They're extended way out on a lot of contracts. They are either going to let Mookie Betts go away and trade him, let JD Martinez opt out of his deal and I'm sure Dave Dombrowski didn't want to be a part of this ... they weren't seeing eye-to-eye on where the direction of this franchise is going," the radio host and former big-leaguer said. "So you cut Dave Dombrowski loose, they're talking about bringing in these other people, maybe going outside and getting somebody else to do some dirty work, but things could get ugly for the Red Sox in the offseason." 

This winter will be very intriguing for the Red Sox, who likely will miss the playoffs this season.