After stepping down from the Red Sox, Ben Cherington had the opportunity to work for Boston's rival. Michael Dwyer AP Photo

When the Boston Red Sox hired president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, then-general manager Ben Cherington let himself out the door.

Instead of keeping the same job with lessened responsibilities, the architect of the 2013 World Series winning Red Sox decided to step down and get away from baseball for a bit.

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Apparently, Boston's fiercest rival wanted to acquire his services.

"I reached out to him," New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman told The New York Post. "I have a lot of respect for him, his integrity and how he did his job."

As The Post notes, there could have been a clear opening for him as former assistant general manager Billy Eppler left the Yankees to become the GM for the Los Angeles Angels.

Obviously, Cherington declined the request and stuck to his word of staying away from baseball.

On Monday, it was announced that Cherington will be teaching at Columbia University in their sports management program.

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