With the offeseason here for all but four teams, the Minnesota Twins aren’t alone in needing to address some pressing issues as hot stove season nears.
One thing that can be said for the Twins is that they have stability at the top, which isn’t the case for the Boston Red Sox. That might be why they’re trying to pillage the Twins front office in order to get things back on track in one of the biggest baseball markets in the world.
Earlier this week it was revealed that the Red Sox had been granted permission to interview Twins GM Thad Levine. Boston fired Chaim Bloom from the same position back in mid-September and had Levine near the top of their list of candidates to replace him. Not only that, but there wasmutual interest between Levine and the Red Sox which understandably sent some panic through Twins Territory.
Boston has yet to hire a GM but it might have cooled on Levine being the man for the job.
Red Sox are in ‘advanced discussions’ with someone who isn’t Thad Levine
According to The Athletic, Chicago Cubs executive Craig Breslow has been in ‘advanced discussions’ with Boston for its top front office job.
“Breslow has been in advanced discussions with the Red Sox, according to sources familiar with the search process, interviewing for their No. 1 job in baseball operations,” Mooney reported.
This would seem to indicate that Breslow is the main target for the Red Sox and that things with Levine have cooled. Interestingly enough, Breslow played for the Twins from 2008-2009 and again in 2017 before retiring and joining the Cubs front office in 2019.
That’s where Breslow has been ever since, learning first under Theo Epstein and then becoming a top executive for Jed Hoyer. The Red Sox connections go beyond just working with those two guys, as Breslow played for Boston during its 2013 World Series season.
It’s unclear when the Red Sox are going to make a decision, and if Breslow is the person they hire. Many believe ex-Marlins GM Kim Ng is the perfect candidate for the job, and Levine seems to be high up on the list as well.
Breslow being in ‘advanced discussions’ is notable, though, and seems to indicate that Levine will remain in Minnesota for the time being.