Ben Cherington has accepted the Pittsburgh Pirates' offer to become their new general manager, per multiple records, including The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Pirates reportedly offered the job Thursday and he chose to accept Friday morning, per Mackey. However, he is best known for his almost four-year run as the Boston Red Sox's general manager from 2012-15.
Cherington replaces Neal Huntington, who was sacked October 28 after 12 years on the job.
Cherington comes directly from the Toronto Blue Jays, where he was vice president of baseball operations. He won three World Series titles with the team, including 2013 as its GM.
However, the challenges Cherington will face with the Pirates will be much different than what he encountered before.
Meanwhile, the Pirates announced Friday they have fired assistant GM Kyle Stark. He was one of Huntington's first hires in November 2007.
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In 2014 and 2015, Cherington was at the helm for a rocky transition period of those young players to the big leagues, with the Sox suffering through back-to-back last-place finishes that ultimately resulted in Cherington being pushed aside so that the Red Sox could hire Dave Dombrowski in August 2015.
Another potential candidate is Houston Astros assistant general manager of player development Pete Putila.
Kevan Graves, who had been serving as the Pirates' acting GM, is expected to remain with the organization as part of the restructured front office. He provided recommendations to Huntington for personnel, strategy and decision making for the baseball operations department.
A graduate of Amherst, Cherington started with the Red Sox as an area scout in 1999 and moved up the organization under Theo Epstein.
Now, Cherington replaces his longtime friend.