Red Sox hire Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations; Ben Cherington out

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Big news out of Boston. According to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, the Red Sox have hired Dave Dombrowski to be their new president of baseball operations. Dombrowski was let go by the Tigers two weeks ago after a highly successful 13-year tenure as Detroit’s general manager.

Ben Cherington, who has served as Boston’s general manager since Theo Epstein left for the Chicago Cubs in October 2011, will now step down from that role. He was offered the opportunity to continue working as the club’s general manager underneath Dombrowski but declined. Cherington said Tuesday night that he will help Dombrowski with the transition.

Cherington led the Red Sox to a World Series title in 2013, but 2014 brought a 71-91 record and this winter’s retooling hasn’t solved the problem. Entering play Tuesday, the 2015 Red Sox stood 52-66.

Dombrowski won four straight AL Central championships with the Tigers from 2011-2014.

He worked under current Red Sox owner John Henry when Henry owned the Marlins.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”