Red Sox GM Ben Cherington named Sporting News Exec of the Year
As front office operators go, none had a better year than Ben Cherington of the Red Sox.
The Sporting News has given Red Sox GM Ben Cherington its Major League Baseball Executive of the Year award for 2013. The empaneled 31 major-league executives chose Cherington over fellow contenders Neal Huntington of the Pirates, Dayton Moore of the Royals and Frank Wren of the Braves.
Cherington, 39, was of course the architect of this year's world champions, and the Sox's success was due in part due to the moves he made in the 2012 offseason -- moves like signing Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Koji Uehara to reasonable contracts. As well, Cherington made the call to fire Bobby Valentine, skipper of the roundly disappointing 2012 team, and replace him with John Farrell, who's a finalist for AL Manager of the Year.
Cherington has been at the helm in Boston since being promoted to replace the outgoing Theo Epstein in October of 2011.