Updating the story with @MikeSilvermanBB -- according to multiple sources, Breslow has accepted the position and will become the new Red Sox head of baseball operations. https://t.co/1S2s4WFmQT via @BostonGlobe— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) October 25, 2023
Craig Breslow, like Chaim Bloom, is expected to get the title of chief baseball officer, per source.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) October 25, 2023
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.