Dave Dombrowski had one of the more difficult early jobs this MLB offseason when his legendary manager decided to retire after the season. When Jim Leyland vacated his position as the Detroit Tigers manager, Dombrowski knew right off that he wouldn’t easily be able to replace that guy. There is obviously no way to replace him so Dombrowski went in a completely new direction with inexperienced manager choice Brad Ausmus.
It is a brilliant choice for so many reasons. He isn’t Mike Matheny of the St. Louis Cardinals made over because he may have actually been more highly regarded as a player than Matheny was. It is a huge move and it will be the perfect choice but that isn’t all. Early offseason rumors suggest that Dombrowski is willing to let Jhonny Peralta go into free agency and he could have the best chance at signing great veteran closer Joe Nathan.
With a few moves here and non-moves there, Dombrowski easily could see himself get the credit for having the best early offseason of any other MLB general manager. He has his manager in place and is moving forward with decisions about the roster. I don’t know what cereal he is eating for breakfast but whatever it is needs to trickle down into several other GM’s meal as well. He is on fire.