BOSTON - It didn't take Dave Dombrowski long to find a new job.
"I want to thank John (owner Henry) and Tom (chairman Werner) for this opportunity," Dombrowski said in a statement. "Although I did have other potential options within baseball, there was no option that stood out as clearly as the chance to come to Boston and win with the Red Sox.
"Boston is a baseball city like no other and its history and traditions are unique in our game. I expressed to John and Tom that Boston would be my absolute top choice and am honored to have the chance to serve Red Sox Nation."
Dombrowski formerly served as the general manager of the Montreal Expos (1988-91) and then-Florida Marlins (1993-2001), who were owned by Henry from 1999-2001, before moving to Detroit in 2002.
"I have known Dave very well for a long time," Henry said. "Tom and I have no doubts that Dave is the right person to strengthen our baseball operations group going forward. He is one of the most highly regarded executives in all of baseball, and had options to go with other clubs. We feel very fortunate that he wanted to come to Boston, and wanted to further his career - now with the Red Sox - as one of the great architects of winning baseball clubs.
Said Werner: "Although we have achieved tremendous success over the last 14 seasons, we had reached a clear internal consensus that we needed to enhance our baseball operation. In nearly four decades in the game, Dave is a proven winner and he can restore winning ways to Yawkey Way and help to fulfill the Red Sox goal, every year, to be playing meaningful games into October."
General manager Ben Cherington will be leaving in this latest shuffle - the team announcing Cherington was stepping down. He will assist Dombrowski in the transition.
It was only weeks ago that Henry said Cherington would be the GM "for a very long time."
The team, whose manager John Farrell underwent his first chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma early Tuesday, will hold a Wednesday press conference introducing Dombrowski.
Recently, the Red Sox hired deposed Los Angeles Angels GM Jerry Dipoto as a consultant, so where he fits into this new picture remains to be seen.
Interim manager Torey Lovullo said chief operating officer Sam Kennedy, recently elevated to replace the resigning Larry Lucchino, told the team about the changes after the 9-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
"At this point I really don't know many of the details," Lovullo said. "I don't know what happened. I don't know what the process is, but what I want to say is that my personal relationship with Ben Cherington was very special. He was a great leader and a great man and we're sorry to see him moving in a different direction."
"Ben did a great job for us," designated hitter David Ortiz said. "He did a heck of a job, won a World Series ... Ben won a World Series - you don't forget about that that quick."
Right-hander Rick Porcello, traded by Dombrowski to the Red Sox from the Tigers, didn't want to say much because of the suddenness of the event, but did say, "I will say I had a great time playing for Dave in Detroit and looking forward to that opportunity again."