Red Sox Take Next Step With Potential GM Candidate

The Red Sox are finally making some progress in their search for Chaim Bloom's replacement.

The Red Sox are taking the next step with potential GM candidate Thad Levine.
The Red Sox are taking the next step with potential GM candidate Thad Levine. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox have had a mostly quiet offseason thus far since the regular season concluded on Oct. 1, especially when it comes to their search for Chaim Bloom's replacement. The majority of names linked to Boston have declined to even interview for the role due to ownership's poor reputation in the industry.

Except for one person, at least. The Red Sox finally found someone willing to talk to them, which is a minor miracle in and of itself.

Thad Levine Red Sox

According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, Minnesota Twins GM Thad Levine is interviewing for the chance to lead Boston's baseball operations department. Heyman adds that Levine was also considered for the same role with the Philadelphia Phillies a few years ago before they hired former Red Sox executive Dave Dombrowski instead.

After seven years as the Twins GM, Levine is apparently looking for a change of scenery and perhaps a more prestigious job title. Levine has had a good run in Minnesota, building three division champions and four playoff teams in his seven seasons in the role. The Twins only won one postseason game during that time, however, and haven't advanced past the ALDS since 2002.

Levine was often held back by middling payrolls in Minnesota, but that wouldn't be the case in Boston. Ownership will be willing to spend this offseason after back-to-back last-place finishes. He'd also inherit one of the better farm systems in baseball and an emerging core of Rafael Devers, Triston Casas and Brayan Bello.

Based on his ability to build young, exciting lineups and quality pitching staffs, Levine looks like a good fit for the Red Sox. Time will tell if both parties feel the same way, but he seems like the automatic frontrunner right now by virtue of taking the interview.

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