According to Yahoo’s Tim Brown, the Red Sox have made the decision to name Ben Cherington as the replacement to Theo Epstein as Boston’s General Manager. The news means that the reports of Epstein’s deal being complete ARE indeed accurate, and that we are just awaiting a compensation agreement before that move will be made official as well.
This is not the first time Cherington has been the Red Sox GM, as he briefly served as Co-GM with Jed Hoyer in wake of Epstein’s leave back in 2005, only to be reassigned as Epstein’s assistant when he returned in January of 2006. Cherington has worked for the Indians and Red Sox in his career, and he has been involved in the Red Sox player acquisitions and arbitration cases, and reportedly had been very involved in the meetings to select candidates for filling Boston’s other missing link, the manager, a spot that the Red Sox and Terry Francona agreed to mutually vacate following the Red Sox collapse last month.
Good luck to Ben, we at Bloodysox look forward to seeing the direction you can take us in!