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.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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