BOSTON — Ben Cherington is set to become the new general manager of the Red Sox today, replacing his former boss, Theo Epstein.
Cherington's promotion from assistant general manager will be announced at an afternoon news conference, the team said Monday. It had been expected for several weeks while the Cubs were working out details for Epstein to join them.
On Friday, both teams announced that Epstein had resigned from Boston to become president of baseball operations for Chicago.
The teams said then they would delay any news conference until today, a day off in the World Series.
Left unsettled is the compensation the Cubs will hand over for the Red Sox allowing Epstein to leave while still under contract for one more year. Cherington is likely to be involved in those discussions, perhaps with Jed Hoyer, who is expected to leave as general manager of the Padres for a similar job with the Cubs.
A major immediate focus for Cherington will be the search for a new manager. Terry Francona left Sept. 30 in the wake of an ignominious September collapse that allowed the Rays to win the AL wild card.
THOME NOT DONE: Jim Thome, 41, said he still has the passion to play in an address to the City Club of Cleveland, the first by a major-leaguer since Babe Ruth did so on July 17, 1925. "I'll keep playing," said Thome, eighth on the all-time list with 604 career homers. "I just need teams to call me. I can't go play in the backyard by myself. I don't know the demand for a 41-year-old DH, but my passion is I want to continue to play."
ALCOHOL BAN: Major League Baseball is planning to consider whether there should be a ban on alcohol in clubhouses, MLB executive Joe Torre said. There have been recent reports that several Red Sox pitchers drank beer in the clubhouse on days when they were not starting.
DODGERS: The team announced that the price of almost every season ticket would be reduced next season, some by as much as 60 percent. Prices for mini-plans and single-game tickets will be cut as well.
PHILLIES: The team declined options on right-handers Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team will consider re-signing both.
YANKEES: General manager Brian Cashman, whose contract expires Monday, met with managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner for the first time since the season ended. Cashman declined to discuss specifics of the conversation.