11/21/11 9:26 PM EST
Red Sox expecting to part ways with Shipley
Head of club's international scouting department likely to move on
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
"I would expect that Ship probably will move on at this point," Cherington said. "I've had a number of conversations with him dating back to even before I was announced in this position. He's someone that I have great respect for. He's a really good evaluator, passionate baseball guy. Through the course of conversations with him, it just became clear to me that it might be time for a fresh start. So, that's the direction we're going. I wish him nothing but the best."
When Boston signed Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima out of Japan five years ago, Shipley did a heavy load of the work.
Matsuzaka and Okajima both were key contributors to a World Series championship in 2007.
However, at this point, Cherington thinks the international department would be best going in a different direction.
"We just felt like, in order to be positioned in the way that I think we need to be moving forward, expecting some possible changes with new rules in the CBA, the changing landscape of international [signings], I wanted to try to develop a little bit more of a Boston-based infrastructure for international," Cherington said. "Obviously we're always going to need really good evaluators on the ground to find talent. But I wanted to bring that operation back in a little closer to Boston. That was a primary goal."
The Red Sox are expected to announce a series of front-office moves on Tuesday, including the promotion of Mike Hazen from director of player development to assistant general manager.