The overhaul of the Boston Red Sox front office continued this week, as incoming team president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced on Thursday that he was promoting assistant general manager Mike Hazen to become the team’s new general manager, then announced on Friday that he was hiring former Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren to be the new senior vice president of baseball operations. These moves come as Boston hopes to rebound off of what has been a lost season, and its second consecutive season finishing in last place in the AL East.

Hazen, 39, has been with the organization since 2006 and will replace Ben Cherington, who began his tenure by building the team that would win the 2013 World Series, but was unable to sustain that success and was let go after Dombrowski joined the team in August. While Cherington basically took the fall for a number of bad signings over the last year (Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval and the $82.5 million extension for Rick Porcello), Hazen’s time as his assistant allowed him to benefit for the building of Boston’s strong core of young players including Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Blake Swihart, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Henry Owens, and Eduardo Rodriguez (who was acquired from Baltimore in a deadline deal last season). He was originally hired as director of player development and his promotion is a reward for the farm system he has helped build, while also allowing Dombrowski to have the inside knowledge of the best the system has to offer if he decides to use it in trades going forward. Dombrowski only interviewed one other person for the position (Houston director of player personnel Quinton McCracken), but it was Hazen’s familiarity and track record that won out, and it will provide continuity that should help Dombrowski in the future.

While Hazen helps provide a link to what has worked in Boston for Dombrowski, bringing in Wren is a link to what has worked for Dombrowski in the past, as the two have worked together in Montreal and Florida over the years. In Montreal, the duo established the Expos core that dominated the National League in the strike-shortened 1994 season, a group of players that included a young Pedro Martinez, Larry Walker, Moises Alou and John Wettleland. In Florida, the two built the team that won the 1997 World Series. Wren was also general manager of the Orioles in 1999 and the Braves from 2008 to 2014, where he had made arguably, some of his worst signings to date, including large contracts to Melvin Upton, Jr. and Dan Uggla.

In other moves announced Friday, the Red Sox promoted Jared Banner to director of player personnel and hired Brad Pearson as head athletic trainer and Paul Buchheit as assistant athletic trainer. Dombrowski also may look to use Red Sox greats Martinez and Jason Varitek for positions in the organization in the future.

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