The Sporting News named their 2013 MLB Executive of the Year tonight, giving the award to Boston Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington. Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington finished second in the vote, losing 15 to 9. Dayton Moore finished in third with four votes, which means there are four people who have never heard of Wil Myers. Frank Wren finished fourth with three votes.
The "worst to first" narrative is largely why Cherington won. The Sporting News lists his accomplishments as:
**Salary dumping Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, and Carl Crawford
**Firing Bobby Valentine and hiring John Farrell
**"Opted against making a big splash" last off-season, instead signing Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew, Shane Victorino, and Koji Uehara
A lot of these are dubious claims....
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