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Former Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington has emerged as a candidate to be the new head of baseball operations for the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to a report by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Cherington, 45, spent 17 years with the Red Sox organization, including the last four as the general manager. In his tenure as GM, the Red Sox won the 2013 World Series, but also finished last in the AL East in the other three seasons. He left the organization in August 2015 after the Red Sox hired Dave Dombrowski to run the baseball operations.

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In September 2016, Cherington was hired by the Toronto Blue Jays to be their vice president of baseball operations.

The Pirates went 69-93 last season to finish last in the NL Central. They parted ways with president Frank Coonelly and replaced him with former Pittsburgh Penguins COO Travis Williams, while also firing general manager Neal Huntington.


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