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Report: Cherington will be next Red Sox GM

Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:46 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 4:35 pm
By Matt Snyder

Red Sox offseason
As the details of Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein's departure are finalized, the next step in Boston will be to name a replacement. It appears that won't take very long and there likely won't be much of a transition. Assistant general manager Ben Cherington has been told he's going to be named the general manager, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo.

Cherington, 37, has ties with the Red Sox organization since 1997. He was then hired by the Indians in 1998, but brought back to the Red Sox in 1999. He has been Epstein's top assistant for the past three seasons. He previously served as a scout and director of player development. His ties to the Boston area are strong, too. He was born in New Hampshire, attended Amherst College and then got his Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts. Cherington also served as a co-GM along with Jed Hoyer back in 2005 while Epstein was on hiatus.

Epstein is still technically the Red Sox general manager and is under contract through 2012, but reports from pretty much every news outlet in the nation indicate he's agreed to a five-year contract with the Cubs and that the two clubs are negotiating some kind of compensation -- whether monetary, players or a combination of the two -- to get Epstein to Chicago. So it's basically a foregone conclusion that Epstein will soon be named the Cubs general manager (and probably more, such as the CEO) and, in turn, Cherington will be elevated in Boston.

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Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 5:18 pm

Report: Cherington will be next Red Sox GM

Youkilis was a Dan Duquette draft pick.  Lester was drafted by Mike Port.

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 5:17 pm

Report: Cherington will be next Red Sox GM

This is a good move for everyone involved.  Theo's been there a long time and after awhile sometimes you can't see the forests for the trees anymore.  His last few years have been unspectacular, to say the least. The Sox will be better off without him and Theo will be better off cleaning up someone else's (Hendry's) mess than his own.  He'll definitely upgrade the Cub front office and bring it into the 21st century.  Meanwhile, Ben Cherington is everything Theo is with the added plus that he isn't Theo.  It'll be interesting to see what he does.  I'm hoping there's a thorough housecleaning.  The same thing that goes for the management, goes for the players.  Guys like Youkilis and Ortiz and Beckett might well end up elsewhere if just to give everyone a clean slate.  Let's hope that John Lackey can be part of the Theo deal.  Lackey should do a little better in the NL and it's only fair and just that Theo take a part of his mess with him.

Let's get straight on this "buying players" nonsense.  The Sox have developed a lot of their own best players (Ellsbury, Pedroia, Youkilis, Bard, Papelbon, Lester, Buchholz, Reddick, etc.) and they've used their own developing prospects to trade for other players like Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez.  The only players they've NOT used their farm system with are free agents like Crawford and Lackey and it's here (in the supposedly easiest part of the GM's decision-making...signing established players with a long track record) that Theo has had the weakest results.  So, understand that when you're looking at traded-for stars like Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez you're looking at what the farm system bought.  The Marlins and Padres thought that the Sox' packages of developed talent in these two cases was better for them than everyone else's and THAT'S an achievement of developing one's own players as well.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 4:55 pm

Report: Cherington will be next Red Sox GM

You mean guys like Youkilis, Ellsbury, Pedroia, Bucholz, Lester, etc?  Get your facts straight.  While Theo made some poor free agent signings, he rebuilt the farm system, drafted good young prospects, and made some decent trades.  

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 4:48 pm

Report: Cherington will be next Red Sox GM

My question is , are there any written provisions in these mega contracts that says that if you don't perform in a reasonable manner your contract can be abrogated? If nothing like this exists, we are absolutly screwed. I can't believe that owners accept a name on a contract that doesn't spell out the job description. So no matter who you put in power, the inmates are now running the institution. It is sad that such talented individuals sink to the depths that will tarnish their names forever. They are all Lebron James. The quit on their team (Cleveland) right in front of our eyes and they think that all will be brushed under the table. I hope I am wrong when it comes to Becket, Lester,Buckholz, Yke ,Pappi and Pap.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 4:37 pm

Report: Cherington will be next Red Sox GM

It's funny seeing Cubs fans think Theo Epstein is going to save their team. There is no hope for the Cubs. Epstein could have an open checkbook and sign millions of dollars in all-stars, and it would fail... kinda like it did in Boston and New York. Once the Yankees started spending big money, they won one World Series in 11 seasons compared to 4 in 5. The Red Sox won '04, and then decided to get cute and try and compete with the Yanks and their payroll, managed to win '07, but has been meh since. Meanwhile, Tampa who spends pennies compared to those two is routinely competitive and even beats them out to the playoffs. With the Astros being moved out, it won't be long before the Cubs are routine last-place again. Hell, even with Pittsburgh in their division, they managed last place in 2006.

Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 4:37 pm

Report: Cherington will be next Red Sox GM

As a Sox fan I completely agree. Good post.

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: October 13, 2011 4:33 pm

Report: Cherington will be next Red Sox GM

   Why's everybody riding Theo's nuts... the guy had one of the largest payrolls in baseball and bought a bunch of stars, it's not like he was out there scouting the minors and growing studs in their farm system, or pulling no-name studs from El Salvador and Cambodia.   All of the best Redsox players were taken from other teams.  This guy is so overrated it's hilarious... this is like the Herschel Walker trade all over again.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 13, 2011 4:30 pm

Report: Cherington will be next Red Sox GM

Just a thought on how funny it is to hear the Boston fans rail Epstein (not all of them of course).  The guy helped you win two World Series trophies!  I pretty much guarantee that if he does that for the Cubs, they could go 0-162 the following years and he would still be a hero in our eyes.  I guess it still goes to show that the ultimate prevailing thought is....... "what have you done for me lately"  ?????

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: October 13, 2011 4:08 pm

Report: Cherington will be next Red Sox GM

first pieces of business for the new GM....hire a manager and get rid of Lackey!!!!

Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:55 pm

Report: Cherington will be next Red Sox GM

"attended Amhurst College and then got his Master's degree from"... And they used to say Amhurst was only a sad spoof of Amherst and their graduates would never get anywhere... who's laguhing now, huh????

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