Red Sox news: Craig Breslow named head of baseball ops (updated Oct. 25)

The 2013 World Series Champion has been an assistant GM with the Cubs since 2020
Craig Breslow
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Updated Oct. 25: The Red Sox made the hiring of Craig Breslow official Wednesday.

The Boston Red Sox's search for Chaim Bloom's replacement is reportedly over.

Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reported late Tuesday that Craig Breslow will be the next Red Sox head of baseball operations. "According to multiple sources, Breslow has accepted the position and will become the new Red Sox head of baseball operations," Speier reported in a tweet.

Breslow played 12 seasons in the MLB from 2005 to 2017, including two stints pitching for the Red Sox. First for a season in 2006, Breslow returned to Boston in 2012 and stayed until 2015 winning a World Series with the Red Sox in 2013.

He joined Theo Epstein in the Chicago Cubs front office in 2019 and was promoted to assistant GM in November 2020.

What does this mean for the Red Sox?

The fans expecting the Red Sox to flip the script after Chaim Bloom and hire a seasoned front office veteran will be disappointed.

Breslow is largely inexperienced in the front office, similar to Bloom at the time of his hire.

High-profile candidates like Kim Ng, James Click, and Mike Hazen with far more experience than Breslow either declined to interview or didn't cut it in the Red Sox's eyes.

Whether it is a return to the status quo or a fundamental shift under the new leadership, the Boston Red Sox believe they have their answer at the GM position.