Pink Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy addressed members of the media (together with Chris Cotillo of MassLive) on Monday, alongside supervisor Alex Cora. The first subject of debate was the workforce’s seek for a brand new basic supervisor, after chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom was fired in September.
Kennedy made it clear that he’s actively looking for a brand new GM, and he hopes to start interviews within the coming days. That stated, he isn’t working underneath a deadline. In different phrases, the workforce won’t have a brand new head baseball govt when free company begins, and even by the beginning of the Winter Conferences in December. That would prohibit the Pink Sox from making an early splash this offseason, but it surely doesn’t imply Kennedy is incorrect to take issues gradual. The workforce is definitely hoping to decide on a brand new baseball operations chief who will stick round longer than a number of years and lead the workforce to repeated success. Suffice it to say, that’s not a call to make frivolously.
The Pink Sox will take into account each inner and exterior candidates for the place, Kennedy defined. Inside choices might embrace assistant GMs Eddie Romero, Raquel Ferreira, and Michael Groopman, who’re serving to to supervise baseball operations within the interim. Nevertheless, don’t count on Cora or former GM Brian O’Halloran to step into the function. Cora has already expressed that he doesn’t feel ready for such a promotion, whereas O’Halloran, who served as GM underneath Bloom, has already accepted a brand new job as govt vp of baseball operations.
As for exterior candidates, Cotillo means that Phillies GM Sam Fuld and Dodgers senior vp of baseball operations Josh Byrnes are within the dialog, as are Diamondbacks assistant GM Amiel Sawdaye, Dodgers GM Brandon Gomes, Blue Jays vp of baseball technique (and former Astros GM) James Click on, and Twins GM Thad Levine. In the meantime, one exterior candidate to rule out is Theo Epstein. He is a well-liked selection amongst followers, however Kennedy has already shut down any hypothesis a few reunion with the previous Pink Sox GM.
All Kennedy would say on Monday was that he has a “focused record” of candidates, and he’s presently looking for permission from different golf equipment to interview a few of their entrance workplace personnel.
In different information from the press convention, Cora informed reporters that the Pink Sox teaching employees is the realm of the workforce that should make the most important enchancment getting into subsequent season. Kennedy didn’t have a lot to disclose about potential turnover on the teaching employees, apart from to say that conversations on that topic will happen in due time.