BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have hired Mike Hazen as general manager.
It's the first big move by Dave Dombrowski since he took over as president of baseball operations in August.
Hazen, 39, has worked in the Red Sox front office for the last 10 years after spending five years in the Cleveland Indians organization. He was promoted to assistant GM in 2012.
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A Massachusetts native who was a two-time All-Ivy League outfielder at Princeton, Hazen was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 31st round of the 1998 draft. He played two seasons in the minor leagues.
Hazen replaces Ben Cherington, who built the 2013 World Series champions but had the Red Sox heading for their second straight last-place finish. Cherington decided not to stay on when Dombrowski was brought in above him.