While the negatives will always be discussed, the former Boston Red Sox GM nailed down an extension with a crucial piece of their roster puzzle.
In March of 2018, it was a little bit of a surprise to hear that the Boston Red Sox and Christian Vazquez had linked up on a 3 year / $13,350,000 contract extension that would keep their catcher in town until at least 2022. Vazquez was coming off the best season of his young career, but had posted career bests in batting average, homeruns, and RBI’s (.290 / 5 HR / 32 RBI’s).
It seemed like a very low risk signing at the time, but it has blossomed into one of the best deals throughout Dave Dombrowski’s tenure with the Red Sox. Of course, the uber-aggressive GM will be remembered for pulling the trigger on multiple blockbusters that brought the likes of Chris Sale, Craig Kimbrel, and Drew Pomeranz to Boston while depleting a once-fruitful farm system. Despite the high profile moves, retaining the former ninth round pick will prove to be a beneficial move for the future of the franchise.
The Boston Red Sox have one series remaining in a highly disappointing campaign in 2019; however Christian Vazquez emerged from a platoon player and grew into a cornerstone piece of the future. While his numbers will represent that of an American League All Star, Vazquez was denied his first bid this season. The catcher once known for his exclusive defensive prowess found his stroke at the plate – and in a big way. He launched a career high 23 HR’s, 71 RBI’s, a .795 OPS, and a .275 batting average.
A position that began the season with a muddied future outlook has more clarity with the trade of Blake Swihart to the Arizona Diamondbacks and the emergence of Vazquez. While Dave Dombrowski may have done damage to the longterm outlook of the franchise, he did succeed by locking up the future backstop of the Boston Red Sox in Christian Vazquez.