It looks like the Red Sox have found their next head of baseball operations
The Boston Red Sox may be almost done with their search for a new head of baseball operations. According to a new report from Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, the team is “close to identifying” their replacement for former president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom, who was let go in late September.
On Tuesday night, Speier reported that the team has offered Craig Breslow, current Chicago Cubs Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Pitching, Bloom’s old job. Speier added that the deal has not yet been finalized but that “sources expect Breslow will succeed Chaim Bloom as the next Red Sox head of baseball operations.”
UPDATE: Speier is now reporting Breslow has accepted the jobBreslow has accepted the job.
According to Speier, Breslow was one of at least eight candidates to have a first-round interview with the Red Sox. The team also had several high-profile candidates decline to interview.
Breslow, 43, spent 12 years in the Major Leagues between 2005-2017, spending the majority of his career with the Red Sox during five non-consecutive seasons. The New Haven, Conn. native was teammates with current manager Alex Cora in 2006, and was a member of the 2013 World Series winning team (he also has a ring from 2007, despite spending that full season in the minors).
Immediately after his playing career ended in 2018 Breslow began working in the Cubs’ front office as a Director of Strategic Initiatives for Baseball Operations. After that season he was promoted to Director of Pitching/Special Assistant to the President and General Manager. He was promoted to his current role in 2021.
For a team like the Red Sox that has struggled to develop pitchers, Breslow’s pitching background should help. As a former player he should also be able to build a stronger relationship between the front office and clubhouse – something that was questioned at times under Bloom.
Speier noted on Tuesday night that “in Monday, the Sox informed multiple candidates that they were no longer being considered for the opening atop the baseball operations department.” So, it looks like it’s now down to the details for the Sox and Breslow.
Once he arrives on Jersey Street, Breslow will begin the tough task of building back up an organization that has just one postseason appearance in the last five years, and has finished over .500 just once in the last four seasons. How should he go about that? Tony Massarotti laid out his plan for the Red Sox offseason earlier this fall, which you can read below…