Tony La Russa and Dave Dombrowski have been talking about working together again since meeting more than three decades ago.
That reunion will finally happen with a Boston Red Sox franchise that continues to shake things up in its pursuit of another World Series championship.
The Red Sox hired La Russa on Thursday to serve as a vice president and special assistant on its baseball operations staff. He will work for Dombrowski, the team's president of baseball operations, in player development and consultation with the major and minor league staffs.
The 73-year-old La Russa served in a similar capacity with the Arizona Diamondbacks the past four seasons.