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REPORT: Craig Breslow Becomes New Head of Baseball Operations for Red Sox

The lefty returns to Boston in a big way after making quite the impact in Chicago.

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According to multiple reports, Craig Breslow has been offered and accepted the top spot as the Chief Baseball Officer for the Boston Red Sox. After a lengthy stretch in the front office with the Chicago Cubs where he’s ascended to assistant general manager and vice president of pitching, Breslow—-who lives in Massachusetts still—-is poised to shape the front office and team in his image (as much as he can).

The 2013 World Series champion with the Sox certainly has a tall task ahead of him, but it’s not unprecedented for a former player to come into the leading role and do well (see Chris Young for the AL Champion Texas Rangers). After a tumultuous search, with multiple names turning down the opportunity and a very varied list of candidates after the first round of interviews, Breslow apparently stood out from the crowd. His attention to pitching is something the Red Sox definitely will need going forward, both with the big club and developing arms from the minors. What’s interesting about the title is it leaves the general manager title available. Does that go to Eddie Romero? Do they get someone with veteran experience willing to be a no. 2? Who knows? We’ll update this as we hear more and get any official news.