Could the 2017 Boston Red Sox resemble the 2016 team on the field more than in the font office and managerial staff? Last night the Arizona Diamondbacks hired Red Sox GM Mike Hazen who had been with the team since 2006 when he joined form the Cleveland Indians. He was a director of player development, senior vice president, assistant GM and during 2016 he took the role of GM when Dave Dombroski took over the President of Baseball Operations job.
This move in itself was not a huge surprise, but the fallout could be fast. Now that Dombrowski has made assurance that John Farrell will be the Red Sox manager on opening day next season it is largely suspected that Torey Lovullo will take the manager job in Arizona under Hazen. It had largely been a case of where more so than if Lovullo would leave this offseason without a promotion to manager in Boston. This gives Arizona a GM who is a big supporter of Lovullo and a chance to make moves.
If Lovullo leaves the Red Sox, they will now be replacing the GM and the assistant manager this offseason in a season expected to be largely status quo for positional players. The Red Sox have plenty of options in house for GM and Farrell has options to add to his staff, but Lovullo is a big loss for the Red Sox and if not for the teams commitment to Farrell would likely be the best choice for Red Sox manager in 2017. That won’t happen though so expect Lovullo to be joining the Diamondbacks sooner rather than later.