Hanley Ramirez is hitting for good power, but there isn't much else positive you can say about him this season. His transition to playing left field has been a disaster.
Pablo Sandoval is having the worst year of his career and is looking like a fat waste of money.
Allen Craig is an epic level disaster so bad we had to send him down to the minors. We haven't seen him back up since despite trading away our starting first baseman.
Rick Porcello was the free agent we got with the most potential, we gave up the most to get him and made the biggest commitment to him. He's been a trainwreck.
Joe Kelly won his last 3 starts, but it has still been a very bad season for Kelly.
Wade Miley is mediocrity incarnate.
Justin Masterson is washed up. I don't know if a big league team will give him a shot next season.
Rusney Castillo is still a work in progress, but he's not like Moncada, Betts or Bogaerts. He's 28. He's not REALLY a prospect, he was supposed to have a bigger impact by now.
I don't think a single one of these has worked out in the way he was hoping. There's still time for some of these guys to make good, but for a lot of them the outlook is grim. On top of that, a lot of the guys who had great years in 2013 regressed back to the mean. Mike Napoli had a terrible year and Shane Victorino was perpetually injured.
All in all I have mixed feelings about Cherington leaving. I'll appreciate 2013 and how he protected and built up the farm system, but I'll also despise how far this team fell short of expectations and some of the seemingly glaring errors in how it was built.
In his place will be the new President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski.
Dombrowski has an impressive resume. He built the Marlins team that won the World Series in 1997 when John Henry was still the owner. Although he had moved on to the Detroit Tigers, the Marlins team that won the World Series in 2003 was won largely with players acquired by Dombrowski. He initially struggled in Detroit as the 2003 Tigers had the worst record in AL history at 43-119, however, he would built up the team and won 2 AL pennants.
It's not a bad track record for Dombrowski and he has worked under John Henry previously with the Marlins. It will be interesting to see what Dombrowski can do with the financial resources and farm system he will have at his disposal with the Boston Red Sox.