I will be the first to admit that winning a world series far outweighs the pain of seeing a valued prospect ascend into stardom in a different uniform but can this strategy be considered as being a great GM? I think the ultimate case study has to be Dave Dombrowski.
Does he win? Yes. Will he give you a chance to win the World Series? Yes. Will he leave your farm system in shambles and potentially ruin you for years to come? Yes. Approving of his strategy all depends on your level of comfort with short term vs long term success. Think about it how are the Marlins and Tigers looking these days and during the years following his departure? I’ll answer that for you, Awful! As in a decade or even more of long painful seasons but while he was there how were things? They were great and you either won a World Series or you were contending every other year. I see the same trend currently happening with the Red Sox. Dombrowski has always been known as an aggressive GM who will make trades at all costs and get the big pieces for deep post season runs. Case and Point being the trade for Chris Sale last year. Acquiring Sale instantly made the Red Sox a favorite for the World Series but he also gave up guys like Kopech and Moncada that will star on the South Side of Chicago for years to come. That’s ok though, as a fan I am perfectly content with a magical summer of winning the World Series. What bothers me more so though is the few other trades that have been disasters namely Tyler Thornburg that coupled with the package that got Sale has in one year taken the Red Sox farm system from top 10 to bottom 5. You know why they didn’t make any deals at the trade deadline this year? They don’t have the pieces and nobody wants the players the Red Sox currently have in the minors. Doesn’t matter what Dombrowski says they did not have enough valued prospects to get a deal done. So Dave thank you for the championship but looking forward the arrow is pointing straight down….Sound Familiar?