Less than two weeks after the Boston Red Sox announced Larry Lucchino would step down at seasons end, they have announced the hiring of Dave Dombrowski as President of Baseball Operations starting immediately.The team made the announcement late Tuesday night and will introduce him at a press conference today. The move also means that General Manager Ben Cherington is out after declining Dombrowski's offer to stay on in the same position. Cherington has been the GM for the last four years and said he will aid Dombrowski in the transition.

Dombrowski who will run the entire baseball operations and report directly to ownership will need to hire a new GM while coming up with a plan to turn the last place Red Sox around. He is no stranger to Sox owner John Henry after working as a general manager for him at Montreal and Miami when Henry owned those teams.

In a statement released by the team Henry said, “I have known Dave very well for a long time, Tom [Werner] and I have no doubts that Dave is the right person to strengthen our baseball operations group going forward. He is one of the most highly regarded executives in all of baseball, and had options to go with other Clubs. We feel very fortunate that he wanted to come to Boston, and wanted to further his career — now with the Red Sox — as one of the great architects of winning baseball clubs.”

Dombrowski spent the last 14 seasons in Detroit helping the Tigers get to two World Series. He told Gordan Edes of ESPN Boston that he plans on heading to his office to begin work as soon as today's press conference concludes.