Report: Blue Jays’ Ben Cherington a candidate to lead Pirates

Ben Cherington, pictured above. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Toronto Blue Jays vice president of baseball operations Ben Cherington has emerged as a candidate for the head of baseball operations job for the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic‘s Ken Rosenthal.

Cherington was previously the general manager for the Boston Red Sox from 2011 to 2015. He helped construct the Red Sox roster that won the World Series in 2013.

He has been with the Blue Jays since 2016.

The Pirates are undergoing some major changes to leadership after posting a 69-93 record in 2019 and missing the playoffs for the fourth-straight season. General manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle were both fired after the season while team president Frank Coonelly parted ways with the team after 12 seasons. Coonelly has since been replaced by former Pittsburgh Penguins executive Travis Williams.

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