New manager John Farrell is in place. David Ortiz has a freshly minted two-year guarantee. The makeover of the Red Sox, with second-year general manager Ben Cherington in charge, continues its inning-by-inning offseason crawl as baseball’s GM meetings begin this week in Palm Springs.
All of 378 days on the job and barely a month removed from the franchise’s worst season in a half-century, the 38-year-old Cherington maintains the confidence of his bosses on Yawkey Way. Team president and CEO Larry Lucchino said last week, while acknowledging the disappointment and “broken parts’’ of the 2012 season, that Cherington remains the right fit for the job.