Dave Dombrowski may be the newest member of the Red Sox front office, but he should have no trouble finding plenty of familiarity within the franchise.
From reuniting with some of his former players from his days in Detroit to his ties with a top Boston executive, here's a look at some of Dombrowski's pre-existing connections to the Red Sox organization.
• This won't be the first time that Dombrowski and current Red Sox owner John Henry have worked together. The pair also spent three seasons together with the Marlins, with Dombrowski serving as general manager for the Marlins from 1992-2001 and Henry becoming the club's owner in '99.
• Though the two parted ways prior to the 2002 season -- Dombrowski took on the same role with the Tigers and Henry sold the Marlins and led the purchase of the Red Sox -- there remain plenty of connections between the two. The Tigers and Red Sox have completed four trades over the past five years, including a pair of blockbusters. The most recent move came last December, when the Tigers traded Rick Porcello to the Red Sox in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Wilson and Gabe Speier. The previous trade involving both clubs came at the 2013 non-waiver Trade Deadline, when the Tigers acquired shortstop Jose Iglesias from the Red Sox as part of a three-team deal that also involved the White Sox.
• Four players currently playing for either the Tigers or Red Sox have also played for the other franchise at some point in their careers. Along with Porcello, Iglesias and Wilson, five-time All-Star Victor Martinez has also played for both clubs. Martinez hit .313/.368/.497 with 28 home runs and 120 RBIs over two seasons with the Red Sox from 2009-10 before signing with the Tigers following the '10 campaign.
• Including those four, there are 23 total players who have played for both the Tigers and Red Sox since Dombrowski and Henry joined the two franchises' respective front offices. That list includes former All-Stars Johnny Damon, Edgar Renteria, Sean Casey, Ugueth Urbina and Brad Penny, among others.
• The Tigers and Red Sox squared off in only one postseason series during Dombrowski's tenure in Detroit, with the Red Sox knocking off the Tigers in the 2013 American League Championship Series. Boston defeated Detroit in six games en route to winning its third World Series title in 10 years, while the series also produced one of the more iconic postseason images in recent memory. The infamous image involving an upside down Torii Hunter and cheering Boston police offer came when Hunter flipped over the right field wall -- and into the Red Sox bullpen -- while attempting to track down a David Ortiz go-ahead grand slam.
Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.