Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 18: Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Boston Red Sox, Ben Cherington, watches batting practice prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees on August 18, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

By Matt McCarthy,

Four years after leaving the Red Sox when the club hired Dave Dombrowski, Ben Cherington could once again take over baseball operations for a major league team.

According to Ken Rosenthal, Cherington has emerged as a candidate for the GM vacancy in Pittsburgh.

Cherington’s tenure in Boston was uneven. He was the GM of the 2013 World Series championship team, but also oversaw three last place finishes in 2012, 2014, and 2015. Perhaps his greatest success was unloading more than $250 million in salary by trading Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto to the Dodgers in August of 2012.

Cherington reportedly drew interest last offseason from teams searching for a general manager. Rosenthal reported then that Cherington was interested in a situation that would allow him to build an organization from the ground up.

The Pirates could be that type of fit. They are in the middle of a house cleaning after a 69-93 season. The team fired manager Clint Hurdle, GM Neal Huntington and President Frank Coonelly at the beginning of the offseason.

MLB Trade Rumors reported Thursday that Cherington might not be the only former Red Sox general manager in the running for the Pirates job. Dan Duquette, who has been out of baseball since being let go by the Orioles at the end of the 2018 season, is also said to be a candidate. The Pirates are reportedly considering Blue Jays senior VP of player personnel Tony LaCava, Brewers assistant GM Matt Arnold, and Yankees scout Marc DelPiano as well.

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