This is the John Henry quote from just a few days before the end of the regular season that so many keep pivoting to:
And so they did look outward. The view, however, may have been a bit foggier than anticipated. No Theo Epstein. No Mike Hazen. No Andrew Friedman.
Now Red Sox ownership may be urealizing its ultimate solution to finding Dave Dombrowski's replacement was already inside the building.
While team officials remain mum on the interviewing/hiring process, the rumblings throughout the baseball world have more to do with how no names from outside the organization are being tied to the job. There is a growing belief that the foundation of the Red Sox' baseball decision-making process will land back where it started, with some sort of chain of command that involves current executives Eddie Romero, Brian O'Halloran, Zack Scott and Raquel Ferreira.
Perhaps Red Sox ownership is doing a next-level job of keeping whispers out of the very gossipy landscape of Major League Baseball. But what is becoming evident are the abilities shown -- both before and after Dombrowski's dismissal -- by the four people in charge.
Considering their organizational experience (having seen the good and bad from the Epstein, Ben Cherington and Dombrowski regimes), along with the solid distribution of skill-sets, such an idea may make more sense than trying to catch up to speed in what figures to be a rapid turnaround to the aforementioned challenging offseason. It is a path that is hardly far-fetched.
The lingering question would be how final decisions would be made and which one of the four might be tasked that responsibility. One of the positives from carving out Dombrowski's position was that everyone understood who was responsible for on-field decisions where before there were questions as to if Henry, Cherington or Larry Lucchino were driving the bus with certain moves.
Maybe a veteran voice is brought in to be part of the mix, perhaps even overseeing the dynamic. Perhaps there is a mystery candidate out there who we will discover in the coming weeks. But it is becoming clear that Romero, O'Halloran, Scott and Ferreira have at least earned the right to be part of what Sox ownership feels will be a solution to a very complex problem.