Ben Cherington is getting another chance at running a team

Rob Bradford
November 15, 2019 - 1:27 pm
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Ben Cherington is getting another chance.

A source has confirmed that the former Red Sox general manager has accepted the opportunity to run the baseball operations department for the Pirates. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was first to report the news of Cherington's commitment to Pittsburgh.

Cherington has been working as a senior vice-president for baseball operations with the Blue Jays a year after being let go from his job as general manager of the Red Sox in 2015. 

He led the Red Sox a 2013 world championship in his second full season as the team's GM, having capitalized on the 2012 trade with the Dodgers allowing for financial flexibility. Instead of going after high-priced free agents heading into 2013 Cherington instead took the tact of shorter-term deals for key veteran players (Ryan Dempster, Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, David Ross).

Cherington's plan ran into problems in the following seasons, signing the likes of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez to long-term deals that proved disastrous. 

And while part of his ultimate downfall in the 2015 season stemmed from not being able to replace staff ace Jon Lester -- with Dave Dombrowski ultimately signing David Price to a $217 million deal to fill the void -- Cherington should be recognized for making a key move at the 2014 trade deadline. With Andrew Miller slated to become a free agent at the end of that season the Red Sox dealt him to the Orioles for the final few months in exchange for Eduardo Rodriguez.

It was also during Cherington's regime that the Red Sox collected the pieces (Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech) that allowed for the trade of Chris Sale. He also resisted dealing a very young Mookie Betts despite numerous overtures from other teams.

Cherington replaces Neil Huntington in Pittsburgh.