After a disappointing season that led to last place finish in the AL East, the Red Sox fired Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom in September, and the search for his replacement has been nothing short of embarrassing for the organization.
With a list of executives who have said 'no' becoming more extensive seemingly with every passing day — Twins GM Thad Levine being the latest to exit the search, hardly a week after word broke that he was involved in it — names keep popping up and disappearing in a confusing game of baseball executive Whack-A-Mole.
During Bloom's four-year tenure, the Red Sox never cracked third in their division and saw the departure of beloved fixtures in Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts. New additions, like Masataka Yoshida, breakout seasons from Jarren Duran and Triston Casas, as well as promising top prospects in Marcelo Mayer and Roman Anthony, have pointed toward bluer skies on the horizon, but the Red Sox are still missing the most crucial piece of the puzzle — the person who will put it all together and see them to a winning season.
Will that person be Craig Breslow, who reportedly accepted the job? We'll have to wait on the team to confirm.
Who has turned down the Red Sox as Chaim Bloom's replacement?
The Red Sox are looking high and low for the person who might lead the beleaguered Red Sox toward greener pastures, with attentions turning now toward former San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, who was fired after the Giants failed to reach the postseason this year. Here are six notable candidates who have already passed on the maybe-cursed Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer position.