// Ben Cherington

Breaking the (Piggy) Bank: Moving Red Sox Payroll

When the New York Yankees went ahead and revamped their starting rotation, trading for 23-year-old pitching phenom Michael Pineda and signing Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year deal, they immediately became the favorites to win the AL East again in 2012. On paper, that is. (Allow me this one glimmer of hope, please and thank you. […]

Why Are the Red Sox Being so Frugal?

Last offseason, the Red Sox made noise. The 2011 season was all about Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and speculation about the greatest team ever. We all know how that turned out. Nowadays, the Sox find themselves with a raincloud of shame and embarrassment hovering over them. Critics believe this team is incomplete and they have […]

Red Sox Options Beyond David Ortiz

As the dust settles after the chaotic hiring of Bobby Valentine, the Red Sox will soon turn their attention to David Ortiz, whose free agency looms large when it comes to this offseason and moving forward as a team. His significance as a part of the Red Sox franchise goes without saying; he is one […]

Bobby Valentine Hiring Process Yet Another Misstep By Management

WEEI Red Sox reporter Alex Speier reported Wednesday that Bobby Valentine’s hiring as the new manager flies in the face of an administrative promise made earlier in the off-season that the team would not go after a disciplinarian. While the report did not state who made the promise or to which player, a similar report […]

Cubs Hire Dale Sveum: How are the Red Sox Managing the Managing Dilemma?

With Dale Sveum officially signing on as manager of the Cubs, the Red Sox managerial search continues to drag on. Boston has already interviewed Gene Lamont, Torey Lovullo, Pete Mackanin, and Sandy Alomar Jr. for the job. All of those candidates except for Mackanin appear to still be under consideration. And apparently Bobby Valentine is […]

Should the Red Sox Retain Jason Varitek?

In 1997, then-Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette (now GM of the Baltimore Orioles) traded closer Heathcliff Slocumb to the Seattle Mariners for two minor leaguers. One of them was Derek Lowe. The other was Jason Varitek. Fast forward to 2011, and Varitek just finished his fourteenth year behind the plate in a storied career […]

Ben Cherington’s Task List: Hire a Manager, Replace Papelbon & Drew

With the end of the Theo Epstein era in Boston comes the beginning of Ben Cherington’s reign as general manager. Born in New Hampshire, Cherington was raised as a Red Sox fan throughout his childhood, often imitating the batting stances of favorite players like Jim Rice. His mind was always his most impressive feature, memorizing […]

Red Sox Set to Sign Carlos Beltran?

With J.D. Drew’s horrific contract and passionless play finally vacating right field at Fenway Park, newly appointed general manager Ben Cherington must decide who should man the territory near Pesky’s Pole for the 2012 season. Will Cherington give internal options Josh Reddick and/or Ryan Kalish a chance to prove themselves? Or will he look elsewhere […]

Report: Dale Svuem Front-Runner to be Next Red Sox Manager

Former Red Sox third base coach Dale Svuem appears to be the favorite to replace Terry Francona as Red Sox manager, “rival executives” told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Svuem was the third-base coach in 2004 and 2005, and while he is held in high regard by Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, his skills as a third […]

Red Sox Fire Strength and Conditioning Coach, Assistant Trainer

According to a report by WEEI’s Rob Bradford, the Red Sox have fired strength and conditioning coach Dave Page as well as assistant trainer Greg Barajas. The move hardly comes as a surprise after players admitted to drinking beer and eating fried chicken in the clubhouse this past season. There were also allegations of players […]

Should the Red Sox Trade Kevin Youkilis?

In the wake of the dramatic September collapse by the Boston Red Sox, a sea of changes has come in waves, one after another: manager Terry Francona is gone, general manager Theo Epstein has departed for Chicago, Ben Cherington was announced as the new GM, and John Lackey will undergo Tommy John surgery. Amid these […]

Theo Epstein Moves to Chicago, Ben Cherington Introduced as Sox GM

At noon on Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs held a press conference to introduce Theo Epstein as the President of Baseball Operations for the often-tortured, long-suffering franchise. Three hours later, the Boston Red Sox introduced Ben Cherington as general manager and successor to Epstein. If only for a brief moment, there was a sense of resolution […]

The Red Sox, “Carmine,” Stats, and Success

Having missed the playoffs for the second straight year, the Red Sox are in flux. Terry Francona is gone, Theo Epstein is on his way to the Chicago Cubs, and Boston fans are still trying to understand just what went wrong during a season that began with lofty expectations. In a stunning turn around, critics […]