No major overhaul for Sox front office

October, 23, 2009

It is increasingly anticipated around the baseball universe that Red Sox vice president and assistant general manager Jed Hoyer will be announced as the Padres general manager by the beginning of next week. But while Theo Epstein has extended offers to both former Padre and former Blue Jays GMs Kevin Towers and J.P. Ricciardi to work with Boston when and if they are interested, Hoyer's departure will not force any major restructuring of the Boston front office.

Ben Cherington, who also has been a senior vice president and assistant general manager, will move over from his duties overseeing scouting and player development into Hoyer's role, which has been more on the major league personnel side. Cherington and Hoyer were named co-general managers in December, 2005 when Epstein briefly left the organization. Cherington, like Hoyer, has been considered a prime candidate for several major league general manager openings.

Farm director Mike Hazen and scouting director Jason McLeod will expand and continue their roles without Cherington's supervision. Epstein relies heavily on both international director of scouting Craig Shipley -- also a candidate for several general manager vacancies -- and former Royals general manager Allard Baird, who serves as director of pro scouting as well as a special assistant to Epstein.

Towers was Epstein's mentor with the Padres, and both he and Ricciardi were offered advisory positions with Boston if they want them after taking family time.

The Red Sox front office actually had their farewell lunch for Hoyer on Friday. To say the least, Hoyer was a very popular and immensely respected figure.



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