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Red Sox News & Links: Breslow Gets To Work On Fixing The Pitching

Plus, where will Alex Verdugo end up?

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We have a personnel move! But . . . for an executive, not a starting pitcher. Craig Breslow has hired Justin Willard as the team’s director of pitching, which is essentially the role that Breslow started with with the Cubs. Willard has never played pro ball, but pitched in Division II and started working his way up the baseball operations ladder pretty much immediately upon graduation. His most recent role was with the Minnesota Twins, where he served as the minor league pitching coordinator. (Chris Cotillo, MassLive)

It isn’t entirely surprising that this is Breslow’s first major front office hire. As he outlined to the media as the Winter Meetings began yesterday, pitching is much the team’s priority right now. (Julian McWilliams, Boston Globe)

To that end, Breslow says that the team will be aggressive in its pursuit of starting pitching, and will be willing to trade position player prospects to improve the rotation. (Peter Abraham, Boston Globe)

And what about trading Alex Verdugo, who continued to butt heads with Alex Cora last season and may be surplus to requirements thanks to players like Ceddanne Rafaela and Wilyer Abreu? Here’s a look at some possible landing spots and trade returns for Dugie. Anyone have any interest in Shane Bieber? (Jen McCaffrey, The Athletic)

The Seattle Mariners look like a possible trading partner as well, thanks to their pleothora of pitching. Lately, there’s a lot of smoke about Logan Gilbert, in particular. (Mike Cole, NESN)