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Cherington, 37, has ties with the Red Sox organization since 1997. He was then hired by the Indians in 1998, but brought back to the Red Sox in 1999. He has been Epstein's top assistant for the past three seasons. He previously served as a scout and director of player development. His ties to the Boston area are strong, too. He was born in New Hampshire, attended Amherst College and then got his Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts. Cherington also served as a co-GM along with Jed Hoyer back in 2005 while Epstein was on hiatus.
Epstein is still technically the Red Sox general manager and is under contract through 2012, but reports from pretty much every news outlet in the nation indicate he's agreed to a five-year contract with the Cubs and that the two clubs are negotiating some kind of compensation -- whether monetary, players or a combination of the two -- to get Epstein to Chicago. So it's basically a foregone conclusion that Epstein will soon be named the Cubs general manager (and probably more, such as the CEO) and, in turn, Cherington will be elevated in Boston.
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