Cubs’ Breslow the favorite for Red Sox head of baseball operations role

BOSTON – The Red Sox are targeting Cubs assistant general manager Craig Breslow to be their new leader of baseball operations, a source told MLB.com.

 

The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier — the first to report Breslow’s status as the “favorite” — added that multiple sources have indicated the Red Sox have offered the job to Breslow.

 

 

The club has not commented on the reports.

 

The Red Sox parted ways with chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom on Sept. 14, and then began a methodical search to find his successor.

 

A rising front-office executive due to the way he revamped the Cubs’ pitching department from the ground up, Breslow pitched for the Red Sox in 2006, and again from 2012-’15.

 

In fact, the lefty reliever was a key part of manager John Farrell’s setup crew in ’13 (1.81 ERA in 61 games), when the Red Sox won the World Series.

 

In addition to his assistant general manager title with the Cubs, Breslow is the team’s vice president of pitching. Breslow has spent his entire post-playing career in the Cubs organization after pitching his final MLB season in 2017.

 

Breslow pitched across 12 MLB seasons as a lefty reliever for seven teams.

 

The 43-year-old has long been viewed as a potential candidate to run a baseball operations department. In addition to his playing and front-office experience, he also graduated from Yale University in 2002 with a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry.

 

While the Red Sox chose not to publicize any particulars in their search for their next leader of baseball ops, sources confirmed that several executives interviewed for the post, including Red Sox assistant general manager Eddie Romero, Twins general manager Thad Levine, Guardians special assistant for baseball projects Neal Huntington and recently-dismissed Giants manager Gabe Kapler.

 

 

Several candidates also turned down the chance to interview for the position, including Rays senior advisor Jon Daniels, Blue Jays vice president of baseball strategy James Click and former Marlins general manager Kim Ng.

 

The Red Sox finished in last place in the AL East in three of the past four seasons, and pitching has been the club’s biggest issue, which makes Breslow an ideal fit to help the team reverse its fortunes.

 

Brent Maguire contributed to this report.

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