Ben Cherington has moved on from the American League East.
Cherington takes over for former Pirates GM Neal Huntington, who was fired in October.
The New Hampshire native and Amherst College alum rose to prominence in Boston, taking the Red Sox GM job in 2011 and helping the club win a World Series title in 2013.
Cherington resigned amid Boston's second consecutive losing season in August 2015, shortly after the team hired Dave Dombrowski to run its baseball operations.
The 45-year-old executive spent the last two seasons as the Toronto Blue Jays' vice president of baseball operations, and now will be tasked with rebuilding a Pirates team that won just 69 games in 2019.
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MLB Rumors: Ex-Red GM Ben Cherington accepts Pirates general manager job originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston