Now that the Boston Red Sox have made their major $217 million splash in the offseason, what is left for new president Dave Dombrowski to do at the annual baseball meetings this week in Nashville?

Here is what he should do, might do, shouldn’t do and can’t do.

What Dombrowski should do is find a No. 2 pitcher to complement the new ace, David Price.

Of course, maybe Rick Porcello (4.92 ERA) bounces back, or maybe Clay Buchholz (18 starts last year) can stay healthy, or maybe 22-year-old Eduardo Rodriguez is the answer.

Maybe, maybe and maybe. Did the Red Sox bring in Dombrowski and just sign Price to base a season on maybes?

The answer is, of course, maybe.

The question is the cost and availability. Free agent starting pitchers are still out there, but every team is looking over the list – especially the Dodgers and Giants, now that Arizona surprisingly scooped up Zack Greinke.

Dombrowski could weave a creative trade with someone – using some extra prospects (not the untouchables) and at least one bottom-of-the-rotation guy.

What Dombrowski might do is trade a starting pitcher. With Price, Boston has six starters. But excess might could be a positive.

Joe Kelly, I think, is still a viable bullpen option.

And while Wade Miley had a 4.46 ERA, he did win more games (11) and pitch more innings (193) than any other starter. And he’s cheap (in baseball terms), making $6 million next season and $8.75 million in 2017.

What Dombrowski shouldn’t do is deal outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., whose name often pops up in trade speculation.

While Bradley’s bat may be streaky and thus far undependable, his glove is pure gold. Price is a fly-ball pitcher, ranking 28th in the majors with a 32 percentage. It would be nice to back up the investment on Price with some defense.

What Dombrowski can’t do is trade Hanley Ramirez – that’s not to say Dombrowski is not allowed, but will be unable.

If a team wanted a no-defense, decent-power guy, a couple of 28-year-olds reached the market after the Pirates didn’t offer a contact to Pedro Alvarez (27 home runs, .787 OPS) and the Astros said no more to Chris Carter (24 homers .734 OPS).

Those guys will come a lot cheaper than Ramirez.

Dombrowski would have to give away Ramirez, eating most of the remaining contract, and that makes no sense.

WHILE DOMBROWSKI was praised for landing Price, it must be noted that previous general manager Ben Cherington was prevented from offering such a big contract to a pitcher (goodbye Jon Lester).

So you can’t blame Cherington for not getting an ace. And you can thank Cherington for building the farm system – which not only supplied the prospects for the trade to San Diego for Craig Kimbrel, but also reportedly helped convince Price to choose Boston, based on the promising young players.

WHILE THE Kimbrel trade helps Boston, the Padres needed the deal to restock their farm system. Three of the prospects obtained from Boston were ranked in the Padres’ top 10 prospects, as rated by Baseball America – shortstop Javier Guerra (No. 1); outfielder Manuel Margot (No. 2); and pitcher Logan Allen (No. 8).

GARIN CECCHINI’S time with the Red Sox came to an uncelebrated end when he was removed from the 40-man roster to make room for Price. Cecchini, now 24, looked like he couldn’t miss in 2013 when he was promoted to Portland and batted .296/.825 OPS in 66 games. But he struggled in Triple-A, bottoming out this past year – .213/.583.

Cecchini was not used to difficult times and it showed. He could not find a way to bounce back.

“There’s an adjustment period I’m going through right now,” he said this past summer, “as hard as it is for those words to come out of my mouth.”

Maybe he can find his game with a new organization.

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