He hasn’t gained much attention, but Cherington made the moves that got Boston from being one of the worst teams in baseball to world champions. It’s that simple. No one outside of Boston would have guessed this time a year ago that the Red Sox, with a 69-93 record, would be celebrating a World Series title in 2013.
It would be tough to say which move was Cherington’s best because here were so many of them. Certainly, his decision to replace failed manager Bobby Valentine with John Farrell was a stroke of genius. Farrell just did mostly everything right with his moves this season.
Beyond that, Cherington was able to arrange free agent deals to fit into the team’s payroll. He made sure he could sign David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia to long-term contracts after freeing up some space by dealing Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to the Los Angeles Dodgers last season.
He should also get credit for bringing up decent talent from the farm system. Cherington figured a year ago that he could get the Red Sox back on top of MLB eventually. Not many expected it to happen this fast. Most likely, Cherington is as surprised as anyone. There are many reasons why the Red Sox are on top of the world right now. Cherington’s presence in the GM’s office is easily among the main ones.