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Out of Ben Cherington's hands?

Red Sox's turn away from Sveum and toward Valentine seems against new GM's wishes

Updated: November 17, 2011, 9:12 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

MILWAUKEE -- Mighty sporting of the Red Sox to pick up the tab for Dale Sveum's plane ticket from Phoenix and his hotel accommodations here, just so he could become manager of the Chicago Cubs.

Maybe they'll just add that to the bill they've already presented to the Cubs for spiriting away their general manager, Theo Epstein.

Shortly before noon Thursday, Epstein, the Cubs' new president of baseball operations, and his trusty sidekick, new Cubs GM Jed Hoyer, arrived at the Intercontinental ...

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