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Blue Jays hire ex-Red Sox GM Ben Cherington as vice-president

Blue Jays hire ex-Red Sox GM Ben Cherington as vice-president

BOSTON -- Former Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was hired Tuesday as the Toronto Blue Jays' vice-president of baseball operations.

This is his first job in Major League Baseball since leaving Boston about a year ago after the hiring of Dave Dombrowski, though he spent time teaching at Columbia in between.

Although Dombrowski, who's the Sox president of baseball operations, has made his fair share of moves to make the 2016 roster “his team,” this year's Sox have many players Cherington brough to Boston.

“He was great at understanding what his vision was,” John Farrell said on his old boss. “For those who worked most closely with him, he was always able to articulate what he wanted to see from not only the organization, but the individual departments . . . From that standpoint, he was great. 

“He was very even-keeled. One of Ben’s traits was -- he would get excited; don’t get me wrong, he was a tremendous competitor -- but still at the same time [he was] very even-keeled [and] very thoughtful in his comments.

“And you always knew where you stood with him."

Farrell stated the two still text on occasion, and it’s clear he still values his relationship with Cherington.

“The fact that he went and served at Columbia was not a surprise,” Farrell said. “He’s got a tremendous amount of introspection and looks at things differently. I think he’s a teacher and builder at heart. And to be involved in a leadership course at Columbia -- like he was -- kind of fit what’s important to him.

“You hear his name talked about with vacancies around the game, and it’s not a surprise (he was hired by the Blue Jays). He’s got a pretty wide range of experiences as a front-office guy. I think Toronto’s added a quality person and a guy with a tremendous amount of experience.”
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Kimbrel returns to Red Sox after daughter's heart surgery

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Kimbrel returns to Red Sox after daughter's heart surgery

All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel returned to Fort Myers on Sunday after his 4-month-old daughter underwent successful heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Red Sox are confident he'll be ready for Opening Day.

“Oh, yeah. Plenty,” manager Alex Cora replied when asked if Kimbrel had time to get ready for the March 29 opener against the Rays in St. Petersburg. “With him it’s a different schedule, anyway. He’ll be ready.”

Kimbrel's daughter, Lydia Joy, was born with a heart defect. He left the team Feb. 28 to be with her and his family in Boston, but pitching coach Dana Levangie said Kimbrel was on a pitching program during that time.

“The most important thing is that the family is okay with [Kimbrel returning to the Sox],” Cora said. “If they’re okay with it, we’re okay with it.”

The Baseball Show Podcast: Should we be confident in the Red Sox rotation?

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The Baseball Show Podcast: Should we be confident in the Red Sox rotation?

0:21 - With less than two week before the beginning of the 2018 season, the Red Sox don’t have all of the answers for their rotation. Lou Merloni and Evan Drellich project their Opening Day rotation and discuss the lack of depth in it.

4:39 - Will Boston’s version of the ‘Killer B’s’ return in full force this season? Lou and Evan analyze the performances of Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi.

10:07 - Buy or sell? John Farrell will find another managerial position this season; J.D. Martinez will have a better season than Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton; Dave Dombrowski has put the best possible team out there for 2018.