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Dombrowski’s track record suggests Red Sox could land a bat quickly this off-season

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ORLANDO – If history is any guide, the Red Sox may strike quickly this off-season.

This marks president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski’s third off-season with the Red Sox, and in the first two, Dombrowski took an aggressive, almost preemptive approach to filling his team’s needs.

In 2016, his first winter since taking over the previous August, Dombrowski traded for closer Craig Kimbrel shortly after the GM meetings concluded, then signed free agent starter David Price days before the winter meetings began.

Last year, Dombrowski saved his biggest moves – trading for Chris Sale and signing free agent first baseman Mitch Moreland – for the winter meetings, but the Sale deal was one that first gained some traction at the GM Meetings weeks beforehand.