Blue Jays hire former Red Sox GM Cherington as VP of operations

The Toronto Blue Jays have hired Ben Cherington as vice president of baseball operations.

Cherington guided the AL East rival Boston Red Sox to a World Series title in 2013, after taking over in 2012 for current Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein.

Cherington also oversaw two last-place finishes for the Red Sox. He left the organization in August 2015 after Dave Dombrowski was hired as president of baseball operations. Dombrowski has credited Cherington for helping to develop a talented group of young players, including Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi.

"His legacy is left here," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday. "There are imprints all over this current team, and the people he brought in."

"No matter who he works for, obviously now it's Toronto, he's going to make a great contribution, there's no doubt."

Cherington also had some disastrous signings. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval agreed to a five-year, $90 million deal in 2014. He had the worst season of his career in 2015 and has not played in 2016 after shoulder surgery. Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo signed for $72.5 million in 2014. He had an inconsistent season for Boston in 2015 and played only nine games for the Red Sox in 2016 before being optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in June.

Cherington, 42, got his start in baseball as an advance scout for the Cleveland Indians in 1998, when Mark Shapiro was assistant general manager of the Indians. Shapiro is now president of the Blue Jays.