As you know by now, Ben Cherington has left his gig as the Blue Jays’ vice president of baseball operations in order to become the new general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Good for Ben! While it sucks to lose talented members of your front office, it’s just a reality of professional sports. If your office is loaded with good people, they’ll get poached by different organizations when openings arise.
While we don’t exactly have the best view of what Cherington did with the Blue Jays, it’s known that he played a key role in building the Jays’ farm system and planning their player development strategies. His work in Toronto helping build a deep farm system coupled with his time in Boston, it’s no surprise that Cherington is getting another chance somewhere else.
Pittsburgh is a small-market team that badly needs to undergo a rebuild, so Cherington being the guy to steer the ship makes a lot of sense there. When he was promoted to GM of the Red Sox, one of the most impressive things he did was shed over $200 million in salary by sending Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Adrian Gonzalez to the …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation