Former Boston Red Sox player Craig Breslow has been offered the head of baseball operations job by his former team. Breslow, who played for the organization during two World Series championship seasons, has gladly accepted the offer. The 43-year-old left-handed pitcher spent 12 major-league seasons playing before transitioning to the front office. Breslow has been working for the Chicago Cubs for the past five seasons, serving as their assistant general manager and vice president of pitching since November 2020.
This move for Breslow is a homecoming of sorts, as he is not only rejoining the organization where he found success as a player, but he also has a history with current Red Sox manager Alex Cora. The offer to Breslow comes after Chaim Bloom was fired as chief baseball officer in September. Bloom’s tenure saw below .500 finishes for the Red Sox, with the team finishing last in the American League East three times, except for the 2021 season where they secured a second-place finish in the division.
Breslow began his professional baseball career with the San Diego Padres in 2005 before joining the Red Sox in 2006. Although he was part of the 2007 World Series-winning team, he did not pitch in a major league game that year. Breslow then had stints with the Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, and Arizona Diamondbacks before returning to the Red Sox in 2012. It was during this return that he had a standout season in 2013, boasting a 1.81 ERA and contributing to the Red Sox’s World Series victory.
Following his time with the Red Sox, Breslow went on to play for the Miami Marlins, Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, and Cleveland Indians before retiring in 2018. Afterwards, he joined the Chicago Cubs front office in 2019 and has steadily climbed the ranks, now holding the position of assistant general manager and vice president of pitching.
This appointment brings both excitement and hope for the Red Sox organization and its fans. With Breslow’s previous success as a player and his experience in the front office, there is optimism that he can help bring the team back to its winning ways. As Breslow returns to the Red Sox, he carries with him a wealth of knowledge and a passion for the game that can potentially reshape the team’s future.
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