Former Boston GM Cherington hired by Toronto

Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, right, and right fielder Daniel Nava left, watch from behind the batting cage during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

TORONTO (AP) — Former Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington has been hired by the Toronto Blue Jays as vice president of baseball operations.

Toronto announced the hiring during an 8-1 loss to the Rays on Wednesday. Cherington will report to general manager Ross Atkins.

Cherington was general manager for Boston from October 2011 until August 2015, winning the World Series in 2013 before losing seasons in 2014 and ’15. Cherington left the Red Sox last August when Boston hired Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations.

Toronto said in a release that Cherington will work with every department in baseball operations, with a focus on player development.

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