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Dave Dombrowski: Red Sox won't hire a general manager

BOSTON -- General manager? The Boston Red Sox have decided they don't need a general manager.

Rather than replacing Mike Hazen, who left the organization 10 days ago to become general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced Tuesday that Eddie Romero will be promoted to senior vice president/assistant general manager. The team doesn't intend to have a GM next season.

The move reaffirms what was already clear: Dombrowski has absolute power over the Red Sox's baseball decisions.

After Hazen's departure, Dombrowski said he planned to hire a new GM, likely from within the organization. But after interviewing top candidates Romero and amateur scouting chief Amiel Sawdaye, Dombrowski decided neither had enough major-league-executive experience to be a general manager.

"I thought it would be better for them to step into that next area and be assistants," said Dombrowski, who summarily granted permission to Sawdaye to join Hazen as Arizona's assistant GM.

In the Red Sox's new front-office structure, Romero and fellow assistant GM Brian O'Halloran will serve as Dombrowski's top lieutenants. Romero "will be involved with me in every step of the operation," Dombrowski said, while O'Halloran will continue his largely administrative role, negotiating contracts and preparing arbitration cases.

Dombrowski doesn't expect to make outside hires to fill the voids left by Hazen or Sawdaye. Instead, he outlined expanded roles for several baseball ops staffers, including pro scouting director Gus Quattlebaum. Allard Baird and Frank Wren, both of whom have experience as general managers, will have stronger voices in engaging teams in trade talks.

"We're more than capable of filling a lot of the roles and the responsibilities from an internal perspective," Dombrowski said. "We've got some quality people, and the thing that's great about it is it allows people to grow."

Romero, 37, has spent 11 seasons with the Red Sox, most recently as vice president of international scouting. He played a significant role in several prominent international signings, including top prospect Yoan Moncada out of Cuba and touted third baseman Rafael Devers from the Dominican Republic.

Meanwhile, mental skills coach Bob Tewksbury confirmed to ESPN that the Red Sox don't plan to renew his contract. A former major-league pitcher, Tewksbury was a resource for several players during his 11-year tenure with the club. He will be replaced internally by Laz Gutierrez, according to Dombrowski.