A significant part of the Blue Jays’ front office is set to move on. According to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ben Cherington, the senior vice president of baseball operations, has accepted the Pittsburgh Pirates’ general manager role.
According to multiple sources, Ben Cherington has accepted the Pirates GM job and is currently in Pittsburgh. Story to come.
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) November 15, 2019
Though the deal isn’t yet official, it appears as though the Pirates will be a formal announcement on Monday that Cherington will be steering the ship. (Get it? Ha haaaa!)
Cherington has been with the Blue Jays for three years now, but he’s mostly known for his work with the Boston Red Sox. He worked his way up the organization through the scouting and player development side before becoming the team’s general manager after Theo Epstein left in 2011.
He orchestrated one of the biggest salary dumps in league history, sending Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, and Josh Beckett to the Dodgers, freeing up an incredible $258 million in commitments in one deal. After a horrendous 2012 season, Cherington made a bunch of under-the-radar additions, such as Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, and Stephen Drew, that ultimately helped the …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation