June 14, 2024

Boston Red Sox Officially Announce Craig Breslow as Next Chief Baseball Officer

Former MLB relief pitcher and Chicago Cubs assistant general manager Craig Breslow has decided to join the Boston Red Sox’s front office.

The Boston Red Sox are hiring Craig Breslow as their next Chief Baseball Officer, the team publicly announced Wednesday afternoon.

Reports of the Red Sox deciding on Breslow first surfaced Tuesday night, as he was apparently the only candidate who had gone through two interviews with the club. Roughly a dozen other options either removed themselves from consideration or declined to interview entirely, paving the path for Breslow to sign the dotted line before the offseason even began.

Breslow, 43, spent the past three seasons as the Chicago Cubs‘ Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Pitching. He joined the organization in 2019 under the mentorship of Theo Epstein, who had been Boston’s GM from 2003 to 2011.

“We feel strongly that Craig is the right person at the right time to lead our baseball department,” principal owner John Henry said in a statement. “Craig’s understanding of the game is remarkable. What convinced us to bring him aboard in this capacity was his highly strategic philosophy and his grasp of what it takes operationally in today’s evolving game to excel at the highest level in player acquisition, development, and execution at the major league level.”

Prior to his days as an executive, Breslow enjoyed a 13-year career as a major league relief pitcher that ended in 2017. He went through two stints with the Red Sox – 2006 to 2007 and 2012 to 2015 – and he spent the rest of his playing days with the Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres and Miami Marlins.

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