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Red Sox may not fill their GM opening

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said the Red Sox are “still working on some final decisions” regarding a GM.
President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said the Red Sox are “still working on some final decisions” regarding a GM.Paul Sancya/Associated Press/File 2016

When general manager Mike Hazen left the Red Sox for the Diamondbacks this month, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said his intent was to hold interviews and hire a replacement.

That may no longer be the case. Asked Monday if he still planned to name a new general manager, Dombrowski said he couldn’t answer that question.

“Still working on some final decisions,” he said.

For organizations like the Red Sox, Cubs, and Dodgers, the president of baseball operations makes all significant decisions and the general manager is essentially an assistant with a lofty title but little power.

Given those realities, the Sox could dispense with the title and use other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties.

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That task grew more complicated when vice president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye, who was seen as a strong candidate for promotion, instead joined Hazen in Arizona as senior vice president and assistant GM.

Sawdaye’s loss is significant. He was with the Sox 15 years, making his way up from an internship to assistant director of amateur scouting, then amateur scouting director in 2010.

Sawdaye had a direct hand in the Red Sox drafting Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Blake Swihart, and Matt Barnes.

Industry sources said Sawdaye saw Arizona as being where he could have a greater impact given his long and productive professional relationship with Hazen.

Hazen left the Red Sox for the Diamondbacks on Oct. 16.

Arizona also needs a manager and Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo is a leading candidate. Lovullo did not return a message seeking comment about his aspirations.

For the Red Sox, the offseason has so far been one of departures.

Along with Hazen and Sawdaye, senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett revealed his plans to leave the organization at the end of the month when his contract expires. The team also is losing director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek.

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Tippett was with the Sox for eight seasons and Dyrek for five.

While the Red Sox have a deep roster within baseball operations, the number of losses could lead Dombrowski to look externally to fill some of the needs.


Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.