It’s time to take a look at some possible general manager candidates for the Red Sox to hire this winter.
With the baseball season ending relatively soon, this means that Red Sox general manager interviews will begin and rumors are about to start heating up. The future Red Sox GM will be thrown into a tough spot on day 1 with all the decisions that will be needed to make to fill up the roster for 2020 and cut down on payroll, at ownership’s request. Red Sox ownership has stated that they would like a general manager with experience. Red Sox President Sam Kennedy has also said that they will likely go after external candidates and it’s possible they could hire a president of baseball operations and a general manager.
Since that end-of-the-season press conference, we haven’t heard much on any candidates for the job or any type of rumor. This means I really have no clue on who is on the radar for the Red Sox, and that this article is just my opinion and speculation on my part. With that being said, let’s jump into my list:
Chaim Bloom, Tampa Bay Rays Vice President of baseball operations
He has been one of my top picks since the firing of Dave Dombrowski. Although he’s fairly young, he’s still one of the smartest guys his age in the game. There were reports that he could land the Mets GM job last winter before they hired Brodie Van Wagenen. Bloom has been in the game since 2005 and it’s just a matter of time before he lands his first GM job.
Eddie Romero, Red Sox assistant GM
Romero was also a guy that I’ve had high praise for since the GM search began. Romero has been in the Red Sox front office as a scout for awhile now and has been the mastermind behind some great international signings such as Rafael Devers and Yoan Moncada. My dream scenario right now is a Bloom / Romero team as the GM and president of baseball operations.
Jed Hoyer, Cubs GM
Hoyer would check all the boxes that Red Sox ownership highlighted when they discussed what they wanted in their next GM. A guy with experience and a guy that would keep a close relationship with ownership. Hoyer was with the Red Sox as an assistant GM since 2005. He worked closely with Theo Epstein and was behind some big moves. Over that time, he built a good relationship with Red Sox ownership. In 2009, Hoyer was hired as the general manager for the San Diego Padres. In 2016, he went back to work with Theo with the Cubs when they hired him as the assistant GM. If the Red Sox could pry Hoyer from the Cubs, it would be a great move to have him back on the staff and heading up this crucial stretch for the Red Sox.
Brian O’Halloran, Red Sox assistant general manager
If the Red Sox decide to stay in-house, O’Halloran is a guy they could possibly name the new general manager. Like Romero, he’s another Red Sox long-stay and has been with the team since 2002. I don’t know what his relationship is like with ownership, but I would assume that it would be a good one considering he’s been with the team for 17 years.
Billy Beane, Athletics president of baseball operations
An unlikely candidate, but still a name worth mentioning is Athletics president of baseball operations Billy Beane. Beane, a former player, gained a lot of popularity with his approach to his front office style in the popular movie, Moneyball. The Red Sox made him an offer to come on as the general manager back in 2002, a deal worth $12.5 million, but he turned it down to stay in Oakland. Could he possibly want to come to Boston this time and work through this tricky situation? Possibly, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
Amiel Sawdaye, Diamondbacks senior vice president
Sawdaye spent 15 seasons with the Red Sox working alongside Ben Cherington, later joining him in Arizona in 2016. When he was the Vice President of Amateur and International Scouting, the Red Sox drafted Andrew Benintendi, Matt Barnes, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Travis Shaw, and Brandon Workman. He might finally want to take a GM job and Boston could possibly welcome him back with open arms.
Jason McLeod, Cubs senior vice president of player personnel
Another candidate with ties to the Red Sox is Jason McLeod. McLeod is currently working with the Cubs under Theo Epstein. He has been considered a future GM by many people around the league and interviewed for GM openings with the Twins and Giants a few years ago. I really like the idea of hiring McLeod. I think it would be a good move and the Red Sox would benefit substantially from hiring him. He’s worked in the game for awhile and under one of the smartest guys in the game in Theo Epstein. When reading some articles for this piece, I stumbled upon this article written back in 2016 that sure does sound like he would like to run his own team.
Josh Byrnes, Dodgers vice president
Yet another current front office executive that has worked under Theo Epstein and with the Red Sox before. In 2003, he joined the Red Sox as an assistant general manager under Theo Epstein. He was heavily involved in player personnel and statistical analysis with the Red Sox. Byrnes is another worthy candidate with experience that the Red Sox would be lucky to have.
A.J. Hinch, Astros manager
This is another unlikely candidate that I thought I would mention. I never gave Hinch a thought until I read Jen McCaffery’s article ($) she wrote a while back naming some candidates to replace Dave Dombrowski and mentioned the idea of hiring A.J. Hinch. Hinch has worked in a front office before, spending a few seasons as assistant general manager and vice president of the Padres. It would certainly be tough jumping in and dealing with the current problems the Red Sox are faced with this offseason, but it’s certainly worth mentioning. Again, I wouldn’t bet on the Red Sox hiring Hinch.
Raquel Ferreira or Zack Scott, Red Sox senior vice president and assistant GM
I thought I would highlight two more current members of the Red Sox front office as two candidates for the job. Ferrerira and Scott are two of the four members of the Red Sox front office that are running the team currently. If the Red Sox stay with an internal hire, these two, among Romero and O’Halloran, could be likely candidates for the job.
Those are just ten candidates that I highlighted for the current Red Sox general manager and baseball operations job opening. With some pretty big decisions to make in the coming weeks, I think it’s important that the Red Sox hire someone sooner rather than later. I’m sure we will here more within the next few weeks.
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