After Theo Epstein resigned as the team's general manager at the end of October 2005, the Red Sox promoted two of their own to serve as co-general managers, Ben Cherington and Jed Hoyer. Though retrospectively the two might be viewed as interim GMs, the return of Theo Epstein was uncertain at the time of Cherington and Hoyer's official introduction on December 12, 2005. However, it was clear that promoting two internal members of the Red Sox baseball operations department, who had both worked with Epstein since 2002, helped the organization run smoothly during the 2006 offseason.
Cherington, a native of Meriden, NH who played college baseball at Amherst College, joined the Red Sox in 1999 after serving as a video advance scout for the Cleveland Indians. He handled the club's player development operation before being named co-general manager in 2005. Hoyer, who also grew up in New Hampshire (Plymouth) and played college baseball in New England (Wesleyan), served as assistant to the GM during the 2004 and 2005 seasons before he became co-GM with Cherington.
During their brief stint as co-general managers, Cherington and Hoyer's biggest deal was trading Boston's top prospect, shortstop Hanley Ramirez, and three other youngsters to the Florida Marlins for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell. The two players the Red Sox acquired in the trade had huge roles in bringing Boston a World Series Championship in 2007, the franchise's second in four seasons.