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Red Sox may have co-GMs in "restructuring"

12/11/2005 - Boston Red Sox

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox, who have been without a
general manager since Theo Epstein walked away on Halloween, are
planning a "restructuring" of their front office that could
result in two of his former assistants sharing the GM job through
the 2006 season.

The Boston Herald, citing multiple sources it did not identify,
first reported on Friday that Ben Cherington, the director of
player development, and assistant GM Jed Hoyer will fill the post
for the next season.

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino declined to comment on the
report but said that a restructuring "will be one result, to be
sure."

"After interviewing external candidates, we have been examining
internal possibilities and restructuring," he said in an e-mail to
The Associated Press on Saturday. "We are not commenting on
specific individuals, however, and are not prepared to make any
announcements."

Once the youngest GM in baseball history and still the only one
to build a World Series champion in Boston, Epstein decided not to
renew his contract after three years and a franchise-record three
consecutive playoff appearances. Although he did not state his
reason, reports focused on a falling out with Lucchino, his
longtime mentor.

Among those who interviewed to replace Epstein were Jim Beattie,
former Orioles executive vice president; Washington Nationals'
general manager Jim Bowden; David Wilder, the White Sox director of
player development and former Dodgers GM Dan Evans.

Jeremy Kapstein, a Lucchino confident, and Bill Lajoie, the
former Tigers GM who has been a special adviser to Epstein, were
also floated for the position. Lajoie, 71, said at the recent
winter meetings that he was not interested in the job, and special
assistant to the GM Craig Shipley has reportedly also said he
doesn't want the promotion.

The Red Sox sent a four-person crew to the general managers'
meetings in November, and had a similar four-man group at the
winter meetings this month in Dallas. Lajoie worked as the point
man for the group, and various deals were assigned to individual
members of the "Four Horsemen" to pursue.

The four -- Lajoie, Shipley, the 32-year-old Hoyer and the
31-year-old Cherington -- said the arrangement worked well.

After trading shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta, Lajoie said
he made sure to get some of the youngsters into the room with John
Schuerholz so they would get the experience of dealing with the
longtime Braves GM.

"That was the point of it," Lajoie said. "Let's learn how to
make a trade here."