Red Sox vowed a long search but quickly locked on and secured Craig Breslow

On Oct. 24, 2019, the Boston Red Sox chose Chaim Bloom as their next head of baseball operations. He would not officially take the reins until the following week, but once he had the offer, the job was his.


On Oct. 24, 2023, the Red Sox chose Bloom’s successor. On Thursday, the team offered its top job to Cubs assistant general manager Craig Breslow. He is expected to be introduced as the new head of baseball operations in the coming days.


Red Sox president Sam Kennedy had promised a broader search than last time — “One that frankly could take a while,” he said — but in the end, the Red Sox chose Breslow even more quickly than they chose Bloom. The search for Dave Dombrowski’s replacement took 46 days. The search for Bloom’s took 40.


According to multiple people with knowledge of the process, Breslow was the only candidate to receive a second interview. He’s been described as a favorite of Red Sox ownership from the very beginning, and — perhaps not coincidentally — also a favorite of former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein, whose opinion still carries weight in the organization and who has long touted Breslow’s potential as an executive.


“We don’t have a predetermined set of qualifications necessarily that we’re looking for,” Kennedy said at the end of the season. “But we do have a targeted list of individuals that we think will be able to help get us back where we belong in the American League East.

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