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Yankees 'tried to hire' Ben Cherington

After the Red Sox and Ben Cherington went their separate ways, a division rival tried to hire him.

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report by Joel Sherman, after Ben Cherington left the Red Sox organization, the New York Yankees tried to add him to their front office.

"Brian Cashman called to inquire to see if he was interested in working for the Yankees. 'I reached out to him,' Cashman told The Post. 'I have a lot of respect for him, his integrity and how he did his job.'"

Had Cherington taken Cashman up on his offer, he likely would have become the Yankees assistant general manager, the role that was formerly occupied by the new Angels GM, Billy Eppler. However it doesn't appear that anything was ever close, as Cherington also "declined a chance to interview for the GM openings with the Mariners and Phillies."

Rather than jump back into a front office position, Cherington will instead teach at Columbia University in their sports management program. According to the official press release, he'll be "instructing a class on the topic of leadership in sports" and work under Vince Gennaro, another highly respected figure in baseball.

It remains to be seen how long Cherington will be out of baseball, but he shouldn't have any trouble finding work once, and if he decides to return.