Unsurprisingly, according to a tweet from Peter Gammons, Red Sox Vice President of Amateur & International Scouting Amiel Sawdaye is at the top of the list for both Boston’s GM role, and the Assistant GM role in Arizona, leaving him to decide between the two.
While in Boston Amiel Sawdaye weighing between Red Sox GM and 'Backs ass't gm, one of his good friends says to watch out for the Twins— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) October 23, 2016
Oh, and the Twins might be involved too. Though, y’know, that seems more like speculation than anything.
It’s hardly surprising that Sawdaye is a hot commodity. The Red Sox’ farm system rose to impressive heights under him, and with Mike Hazen headed to Arizona, there are two teams that are personally familiar with his contributions to the team.
While the title on offer in Arizona comes with an “assistant” before it, in reality it’s pretty much in line with what’s on offer in Boston. With both teams he’d be playing second-fiddle to the man in charge—Dombrowski in Boston and Hazen in Arizona. Teams are entirely cognizant of that dynamic, too, so simply having the better title on his CV doesn’t actually help any, either.
Minnesota, for what it’s worth, would probably be bringing an actual GM (see: President) role to the table if they did get involved. They’ve had serious trouble finding anyone willing to take over the ship out there, so it would make some sense to see them opt to try for the best candidate for the next rung down over the bottom of the GM barrel, as it were.
For the Red Sox’ part, they’ll certainly hope that home field advantage carries them through. Front office personnel don’t always enjoy much of the spotlight, particularly past the top decision makers, but the supporting staff can be every bit as important, and when a guy further down the ladder gains as much prominence as Sawdaye has over the last few years, chances are there’s a good reason for that.