In an unexpected move, Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch released President and GM Dave Dombrowski from his contract which was due to expire at the end of the season.
Ilitch, who is also the founder of the restaurant chain Little Caesar's, issued the following statement, "I have decided to release Dave from his contract in order to afford him the time to pursue other career opportunities."
And what could those career opportunities be? ESPN baseball reporter Jayson Stark immediately speculated that Dombrowski could be headed to Boston. Over the weekend, it was announced that Larry Lucchino would be departing as Red Sox President and CEO at the end of the 2015 season. It was expected that the Red Sox would promote either Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy or Fenway Sports Group President Michael Gordon to succeed Lucchino. But Dombrowski's sudden departure throws all that out the window.