Former Tigers' GM Dave Dombrowski named Red Sox President of Baseball Operations


DETROIT – Former Tigers President and General Manager Dave Dombrowski has been named the Red Sox President of Baseball Operations, the team announced Tuesday night.

The Tigers fired Dombrowski on Aug. 4 and hired his assistant, Al Avila, to take over. Dombrowski spent 13.5 seasons with the Tigers from 2002-2015, leading them to five playoff appearances, two AL pennants and four straight AL Central Division titles from 2011-2014.

Dombrowski joined the Tigers as team president in 2002. Six games into that season, he fired GM Randy Smith and began an initially painful but ultimately successful rebuilding effort.

Following an American League-record 119 losses in 2003, the Tigers opened the checkbook to high-profile free agents including Ivan Rodriguez and Magglio Ordonez.

Dombrowski then replaced Alan Trammell with Jim Leyland as manager in 2006 and the team made its first postseason since 1984. They would lose the World Series that year to St. Louis.

Other high-profile moves by Dombrowski included trading for Miguel Cabrera in 2007, Max Scherzer in 2009, and drafting Justin Verlander in 2004.

The Tigers have won the last four American League Central titles, going to the World Series in 2012 but losing to the San Francisco Giants.

Avila has been the Tigers assistant general manager since 2002.

"After 24 years in professional baseball and 14 with the Detroit Tigers, I believe I'm uniquely qualified to be successful in this role in leading this organization," said Avila.  "We're confident we can make a strong push to win this year, and that we have the foundation in place to win next year and for years to come."  

He previously worked with Dombrowski for nine years with the Florida Marlins. According to the Tigers website, Avila is credited with the Marlins' decision to draft starting pitcher Josh Beckett, who would lead the Marlins to a 2003 World Series win.

These moves were made as the Tigers continue to struggle in 2015, trailing the Kansas City Royals by double digit games in the division and well out of the AL wildcard race.

Boston's former GM, Ben Cherington, will step down from his position, but help Dombrowski in the transition, the Red Sox announced.