Ben Cherington

Ben Cherington talks Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval at Saberseminar

Ryan Hannable
August 22, 2015 - 1:57 pm
Categories: 

Just because former Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is out of a job at the moment, it didn't stop him from attending the Saberseminar at Boston University as previously scheduled. According to those at the event, Cherington joked, it's "€œa progressive event that even invites the unemployed." Conducting a Q&A with those attending, Cherington was asked a number of questions about the Red Sox' organization and some of the recent moves that he and the organization made. Cherington signed Hanley Ramirez to a four-year, $88 million this offseason, as he would make the switch to being an infielder his entire career to the outfield. Although he's only been charged with four errors, it hasn't gone as planned in left field. "Nobody knew. We didn'€™t know what he would be defensively in left field," Cherington said to those at the event. "He'€™d never done it. So it'€™s impossible to know. We made a bet based on history of what players look like moving from a middle infield position to another position. And there'€™s data that can help us make an educated guess. He wanted to and seemed committed to doing it ... It hasn'€™t gone well." Also this offseason, the team signed Pablo Sandoval to play third base and help improve the offense. Cherington described the Red Sox' third base position as "a black hole" before the signing of Sandoval. "We actually didn'€™t think that Fenway Park would have as positive an impact on Pablo as it might for some other hitters," he said. "That was not the driving force behind signing him. The driving force behind signing him is we'€™re trying to build a winning team, we had a black hole at third base for two years, he was the right age and we'€™re trying to improve that position." Another third baseman -- Josh Donaldson -- was traded in the offseason as the Blue Jays were able to strike a deal with the Athletics. Cherington acknowledged the Red Sox inquired about him, but nothing ever came about. "Yes, called Oakland early in the offseason as we normally would," Cherington said. "Was told at the beginning of the offseason that they weren'€™t moving him. So give Toronto credit. They persisted." With the former general manager currently out of a job as he declined to stay with the team after they hired Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations this week, Cherington was asked what he would do differently in the future. "I do feel like a couple mistakes we'€™ve made the last few years is when we got in a rush," he said. "That'€™s the one, I am going to try to not be in a rush. But I don'€™t know what will happen [in the future]. There'€™s lots of hard parts about not being there. And then there'€™s hopefully some good stuff, an opportunity to learn something else, try something new. We'€™ll see. I think in time I'€™ll be able to answer that question."

Comments ()