Ben Cherington was named general manager of the Red Sox on Oct. 25, 2011. Since then, he has hired two managers, overhauled the roster and even led a restructuring of the organization’s medical and training staffs. While it’s premature to judge Cherington’s numerous moves from this offseason, here’s a look at three of the best and three of the worst decisions from his first full year as GM. Best moves Aug. 25, 2012: Traded RHP Josh Beckett, LF Carl Crawford, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, INF Nick Punto and $3.9 million annually through 2015 to the Dodgers for 1B James Loney, INF Ivan DeJesus Jr., RHP Allen Webster, RHP Rubby De La Rosa and 1B/OF Jerry Sands. The Skinny: If nothing else, the Red Sox conceded they needed a new direction, even though this blockbuster all but clinched their worst season in nearly a half-century. Cherington deserves credit for having the courage to lob a grenade on the 2012 season for what amounted to a quarter-billion dollar bailout from the Dodgers. Jan. 21/Jan. 26, 2012: Traded SS Marco Scutaro to the Rockies for RHP Clayton Mortensen. Signed OF Cody Ross to a one-year, $3 million contract. The Skinny: Patience paid off for Cherington, who made the most of an inflexible roster only three weeks before spring training. At first, he raised eyebrows by dealing the Sox’ primary shortstop. But he used part of the $6 million savings to sign Ross, who produced 22 homers and an .807 OPS with a right-handed swing that suited Fenway Park.
Keeping score: Ben Cherington’s best and worst
Boston Herald | Feb 7