The Minnesota Twins chief baseball officer had a chance to interview for the vacant Boston Red Sox GM position but declined.
By winning 102 games this past season, the Minnesota Twins have a target on their backs. No, it’s not the target of the rest of the American League Central (although that will come next spring), but instead outside organizations looking to give their front office structure or coaching staff a shakeup.
The first domino in this offseason of change came when hitting coach James Rowson left the Twins to become the Miami Marlins’ bench coach and offensive coordinator last week. However, the Twins avoided a second domino from falling when Derek Falvey declined to interview for the top baseball operations job with the Boston Red Sox.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s La Velle E. Neal, the Red Sox had their eyes on the Lynn, Mass. native and even had them as one of their top candidates to replace Dave Dombrowski, who was fired last September. In the end, Falvey didn’t even go in for an interview opting to stay with a Twins team that is on the rise as the Red Sox settled on hiring Chain Bloom from the Tampa Bay Rays.
While many will be quick to criticize the trade deadline blunders and failures to obtain a starting pitcher late last summer, Falvey’s time in Minnesota has actually turned out well so far. The Twins went from 103 losses in 2016 to the playoffs in 2017 before producing the franchise’s second-best record in its history last summer.
In addition, Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine have also stocked the Twins organization with plenty of prospects such as Royce Lewis, Trevor Larnach and Brent Rooker, who should be up to Minnesota soon or could bring home coveted pitching via trade this winter.
With an overall resume like that, it’s no secret that the Twins have been interested in extending Falvey this winter. While there is no deal currently in place, the Twins have to be breathing a sigh of relief that Falvey is comfortable helping Minnesota complete it’s intentions of being World Series contenders in the next couple seasons.