Report: Cherington told he'll be new GM

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Report: Cherington told he'll be new GM

In the ultimate dog-bites-man news flash . . .

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Red Sox have told Ben Cherington he'll replace Theo Epstein as general manager when Epstein leaves for the Cubs. The announcement will be made soon after the Sox and Cubs complete negotiations on a compensation package for Epstein.

Multiple media sources, including CSNNE.com, have reported over the last few days that Cherington -- Epstein's assistant since 2009, and a member of the Sox' organization since being hired by ex-GM Dan Duquette in 1998 -- was expected to slide into the big chair when Epstein departed.

Alex Speier of WEEI.com posted an excellent profile of Cherington on Wednesday.

Report: Red Sox acquire Chris Sale

Report: Red Sox acquire Chris Sale

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Red Sox -- who came away with the top starting pitcher (David Price) and top reliever (Craig Kimbrel) last offseason -- apparently have done it again.

According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Sox have acquired White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale for four prospects. Two have been identified (infielder Yoan Moncada and pitcher Michael Kopech) and two are as-yet unnamed:

More to come . . .