The Boston Red Sox have been making plenty of headlines this week with their ongoing search for Chaim Bloom's replacement. The team has been connected to several internal and external candidates and appears to be considering all options.
Based on recent reports, a former player even appears to be a candidate.
Craig Breslow Red Sox Rumors
The Red Sox met with former pitcher Craig Breslow this week regarding a front office role, although it's unclear which position he interviewed for.
Breslow is currently the assistant GM of the Chicago Cubs, a role he has been in for three years now. In total, he's spent nearly five years in the Cubs' front office, where he was originally hired by former Boston GM (and fellow Yaley) Theo Epstein.
Breslow has never had experience running a team before, so asking him to take over baseball operations would be a big jump for him. The Red Sox just made that mistake with Chaim Bloom, so they're probably trying to avoid putting Breslow in a position that he's not ready for.
Accordingly, it's more likely that Boston interviewed him for its GM role but would want someone more experienced to lead baseball ops. Ownership did say it's open to hiring multiple people this offseason, especially after former GM Brian O'Halloran was demoted following Bloom's firing.
Regardless of which role he interviewed for, Breslow is an intriguing and qualified candidate. He went to Yale and was regarded as one of the game's more cerebral players during his playing career. While he lacked overpowering stuff as a pitcher, he used his smarts to outfox hitters throughout a lengthy 12-year career, which included five seasons with the Red Sox.
Breslow experienced the highs of winning the 2013 World Series with Boston as well as the two last-place finishes that followed, so he already has plenty of experience with the city and its expectations. He also brings a unique perspective to the table as a former player and as a pitcher specifically, which gives him insights on clubhouse culture and about the game in general that many executives lack.
The 43-year-old Connecticut native seems like a great potential hire for the Red Sox and would be a great addition to the Red Sox, although ideally in more of a support role for now.
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