After firing chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom, the Red Sox have seen their seek for their subsequent head of baseball operations face loads of roadblocks, with Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen, former Marlins president Michael Hill and former Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels amongst these to have beforehand been rumored as a possible candidate who’ve subsequently declined to interview (or, within the case of Hazen, signed an extension in Arizona).
The Athletic’s Chad Jennings provides one other trio of potential candidates for the position who’ve declined an interview, noting that every of Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey, Phillies GM Sam Fuld, and Dodgers GM Brandon Gomes have all declined to interview for the place. Fuld and Gomes had each beforehand been floated as potential candidates, although that is the primary time Falvey’s title has come up relating to Boston’s baseball ops emptiness.
That stated, it seems that Boston has quite a few different potential candidates obtainable. As beforehand famous, assistant GM Eddie Romero has interviewed for the position, with Jennings noting him as the favourite amongst potential inside candidates. Plenty of exterior candidates look like into consideration although, with Jennings noting that former Astros GM James Click stays within the combine after being beforehand reported as a possible possibility earlier this month. Meanwhile, WEEI’s Rob Bradford indicates that each former Pirates GM Neal Huntington and present Twins GM Thad Levine in regards to the position, with Jon Heyman of the New York Post including that Levine is anticipated to interview for the job. Meanwhile, Joel Sherman of the New York Post places forth Cubs assistant GM Craig Breslow as a possible possibility.
The big range of candidates nonetheless on the desk speaks to Boston’s willingness to contemplate quite a few potential choices for the position. Romero, Levine and Breslow all haven’t but managed the helm of a baseball operations division throughout their careers, although that’s hardly a shock after crew president Sam Kennedy indicated that earlier expertise as the top of a baseball operations division was not a obligatory high quality for the membership’s subsequent GM. That hasn’t stopped the membership from contemplating extra skilled candidates, after all. Several identified candidates remaining have appreciable expertise on the helm of a baseball operations division. Click led the Astros to ALCS appearances in 2020 and 2021 earlier than successful the World Series in 2023, whereas Huntington helmed the Pirates from 2007 to 2019. Click is presently a particular assistant with the Blue Jays, whereas Huntington presently works within the Guardians entrance workplace.
Another skilled potential candidate, after all, is former Marlins GM Kim Ng, who parted methods with Miami earlier in the present day after main the Marlins to their first full-season playoff berth since 2003 this season. While Ng has been floated as a possible candidate all through the method, although Jennings notes that it’s presently unclear if the Red Sox plan to pursue Ng at this level.