Bowden: What's on Cherington's to-do list?

December, 4, 2011
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Previewing the Winter Meetings, ESPN.com's Jim Bowden takes a look at seven GMs that are in "new" jobs. Of Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, Bowden writes:
Ben Cherington, Boston Red Sox
Quick profile: Cherington is well-prepared for this opportunity and boasts a good balance of scouting, statistical analysis and understanding of the importance of makeup and character. He’s smart, organized and calculated and surrounded by a strong staff, including former Royals GM Allard Baird. However, his cautious and meticulous nature, which is usually advantageous, has seemed to limit him thus far in the offseason. As a GM, he will learn he often must make faster decisions or they’ll miss out on an opportunity. At his first winter meetings as a GM, he might learn that lesson soon enough.
Possible moves: Certainly, Cherington hopes to have David Ortiz signed before his plane lands in Dallas. He will then concentrate on a closer to replace Jonathan Papelbon, as well as a fourth starting pitcher and a right-handed-hitting right fielder. Ryan Madson, Carlos Beltran, Michael Cuddyer and Edwin Jackson would all be logical free-agent fits for the Red Sox.

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