Now that Dave Dombrowski is on board as the Red Sox’s chief decision maker, his No. 1 objective will be to acquire an ace for the rotation, Jim Bowden of ESPN.com (Insider subscription required) writes. Fortunately for Dombrowski, this year’s market for top-end starters will be strong with options such as David Price, Johnny Cueto, and Zack Greinke, if he opts out of his deal with the Dodgers. Failing that, Bowden wonders if Boston could parlay its young talent into landing an ace like Sonny Gray or Chris Sale. Here’s more from the AL East..
- There’s a team interested in working out a trade for recently DFA’d Orioles outfielder David Lough, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com tweets. There should be a resolution on his situation today, he adds. If no trade is worked out, Lough will likely be outrighted to Triple-A. To keep track of Lough and everyone else in DFA limbo, check out MLBTR’s DFA Tracker.
- Jonah Keri of Grantland reflected on Ben Cherington’s time in Boston and his missteps with the Red Sox. Cherington whiffed on deals for Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval this offseason while largely neglecting the team’s pitching needs. Later, despite his reluctance to give a long-term deal to a pitcher, Cherington locked up hurler Rick Porcello to a sizable contract. Still, despite his mistakes, Keri gives Cherington a good deal of credit for building the team’s farm system.
- Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reflected on Dombrowski’s trade history and wondered if he’ll trade away the Red Sox’s prospects to win in the here and now.