CLEVELAND -- Within the next week or so, Bob Nutting and Travis Williams will have wound up their process to fill the Pirates' vacancy at general manager. And they'll choose, barring some late surprise, betweenBen Cherington and Matt Arnold.
Here's hoping it's the latter.
Because it couldn't be clearer that a complete break is needed from the recent past.
And above all, because it couldn't be clearer that Arnold brings the most compelling, most dynamic skill set for this particular challenge.
Let me start with this: Whichever way Nutting and Williams go, I'll be on board. So this little exercise today won't be about bashing Cherington anywhere near as much as it'll be about Arnold. But I'd be dishonest if I didn't open by disclosing that I've heard from lots of good, trusted people in the baseball community in the past 48 hours that Cherington would basically represent a continuation of the Neal Huntington tenure.