The Boston Red Sox's embarrassingly long search for Chaim Bloom's replacement may finally be coming to an end soon.
On Tuesday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reported that a new frontrunner has emerged to become the Red Sox's new head of baseball operations.
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According to Speier, Chicago Cubs assistant GM Craig Breslow is the current frontrunner for the position after interviewing for the role last week.
Given Breslow's pedigree and history with the team, this isn't too surprising. He was educated at Yale, as Bloom and Theo Epstein were. Unlike many Ivy League GMs, though, Breslow actually played major league baseball. And for a long time, too, enjoying a 12-year career as a crafty lefty reliever that included multiple stops in Boston. Breslow helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013, going 5-2 with a 1.81 ERA in 61 relief appearances during the regular season.
Breslow was hired by Epstein to work in the Cubs' front office in January 2019, so he has nearly five years of leadership experience. He has never run a baseball ops department before, but at this point, beggars can't be choosers.
Breslow still has some competition, though, as Boston is still considering at least one internal candidate, according to Speier.
That is likely assistant GM Eddie Romero, who has worked in the Red Sox front office for nearly two decades and already interviewed for the GM job.
Breslow would be a fine candidate, although his lack of experience is not ideal. Boston is probably better off hiring someone internally rather than bringing in someone from outside the organization given Bloom's disastrous results after coming over from Tampa Bay.
With the World Series starting on Friday, the Red Sox are running out of time before the offseason officially begins. Whether they go with Breslow or someone else, they need to make up their minds soon.
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