Report: Ben Cherington will be named Red Sox’s new GM

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Ben Cherington has always been Boston’s presumed choice to replace Theo Epstein and now Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Red Sox have informed him that the general manager job is his.

Cherington was with the Red Sox before Epstein, joining the organization in 2002 and rising up the front office ranks to become vice president of player personnel. And when Epstein briefly took a break from the job in 2005 the Red Sox turned to Cherington and Jed Hoyer (who’s now the Padres general manager) to fill in.

Obviously losing Epstein hurts, but the transition to Cherington could be a relatively smooth one assuming the rest of the front office stays largely intact.

He probably won’t be hanging out at any more SABR conventions now that he’s a GM, though.