Report: Blue Jays to hire former Red Sox GM Ben Cherington

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Shi Davidi of SportsNet reports that the Toronto Blue Jays are “on the verge” of hiring former Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington as a vice-president of baseball operations. Cherington would be working primarily in player development.

Probably a good role for Cherington.  There was a general consensus that Cherington did well with player development tasks while running the Red Sox but not as well with the larger things like free agent signings and trades. In Cherington’s defense, there is likewise chatter that the bad free agent signings under his watch were ownership diktats, not things that were his own idea, but obviously only those on the inside truly know the facts.

Since being let go by the Red Sox Cherington has served on the faculty of the sports management program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, presumably waiting for his next baseball opportunity. Now he’s apparently found it.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.