Ben Cherington
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"Benjamin P. Cherington" is an American professional baseball executive. He is currently the executive vice president and general manager (baseball)/general manager of the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. On October 25, 2011, he succeeded Theo Epstein in the position, having worked in the team's baseball operations office since 1999, before Epstein's arrival.

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He's a big, strong, athletic kid. He's got a good fastball with excellent movement and good sink. He's got a major-league slider. Obviously, the stuff is there and the ability is there. He needs to pitch a little bit more and get consistent outings.

We've been trying to build a deeper bullpen. One that is more versatile, one that allows our manager and our staff a little more flexibility.

It's good for them (young players) to see that.

That's up to Theo and Tito. It's hard for me to say after only seeing him in one outing. Obviously he has ability and there's a reason why he's here. There's a reason why he had the kind of success in college. There's a reason we made the level of commitment that we made to him. He's going to be a good major-league pitcher. When that happens, I honestly don't know.

All those guys will have an opportunity in spring training to show what they can do. We're not afraid to push people to Portland. We want to make sure they're ready for it.

We continue to talk to him in an effort to try to appease some of his concerns.

For Murphy and Moss, there is no specific adjustment that we are looking for. More ABs against good competition will hasten their development. For Delgado, this is an opportunity to have him pitch in a more controlled environment than he would with a team in Venezuela, and gets him under our supervision.

There seems to be this predestined path that he's going to be in the major leagues [soon]. It's like anything else; it is up to opportunity and his performance. He's only had 10 [pro] outings, and that's really not a good sample size for us to say 'Yeah, he's the guy.' But, maybe he'll prove that he is.

We have to remember that this guy was pitching against Boston College and West Virginia this year, not Oakland and the Yankees.