By Jason Shetler
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Pirates have been in talks with former Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington regarding a role in the front office.
Cherington had served in the Red Sox organization since 1999. The 41-year-old Cherington took over for Theo Epstein as Red Sox GM following the 2011 season. After finishing last place in the AL East in 2012, Cherington did a remarkable job in turning around the Red Sox, as they were 2013 World Series champions. During that offseason, he was named Executive of the Year, finishing ahead of Pirates general manager Neal Huntington. Last week, the Miami Marlins hired Jim Benedict, who had been with the Pirates as the special assistant to the GM, so perhaps Cherington could fill that vacancy if he gets hired.