Former Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington hired by Columbia University

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Ruben Amaro Jr.’s first job after being fired as Phillies general manager is to join the Red Sox as first base coach, which is unusual to say the least.

So what is Ben Cherington’s first job after being fired as Red Sox general manager? He’s going to work for the Columbia University sports management program as an “executive in residence.”

According to the press release, Cherington “will be instructing a class on the topic of leadership in sports this spring, in the Master of Science in Sports Management degree program.”

Vince Gennaro, the director of the Columbia University sports management program, is also the current Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) president who has done lots of excellent statistical research related to revenue, payrolls, player valuation, and front office work.

I first met Gennaro years ago at a SABR convention and also once randomly sat next to Cherington–then an assistant in the Red Sox front office–at a SABR convention presentation, so the pairing makes sense given that Cherington has said he’d like to take some time off from the MLB grind before potentially taking on another front office job.

Mets sign Matt Kemp to minor league deal

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The Mets have had a lot of injuries in their outfield. How many? So many that they’re bringing in Matt Kemp, who they just signed on a minor league deal. Hey, why not? He’s functionally free.

Kemp was released by the Reds earlier this month after batting just .200/.210/.283 over 62 plate appearances. While he was a pretty useful player for the first half of the 2018 season for the Dodgers, the odds of him making major contributions to the Mets this year are probably about the same odds there were on Adrián González making an impact when the Mets signed him last year. But again: what’s the harm?