Twins GM Thad Levine Out of Running for Red Sox Head of Baseball Ops

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The Minnesota Twins’ season is over, but before the front office can get to work on the offseason, they have to figure out which top executives will still be around for next summer. Enter the Boston Red Sox, who fired their President of Baseball Operations back in September and are hot on the prowl to find their next head guy.

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They had some problems finding a mutually interest candidate, at the beginning of their search in Beantown. Too many top choices turned down what should have been a big time opportunity to run one of the most historic organizations in baseball.

The list of “no thank you’s” included, but was not limited to, Dodgers GM – Brandon Gomes, Phillies GM – Sam Fuld, former Rangers PoBO – Jon Daniels and… Minnesota Twins President of Baseball Operations, Derek Falvey.

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Falvey grew up just outside of Boston (Lynn, MA) and, according to Chad Jennings (The Athletic), he has “close connections within the Red Sox organization”. But those ties were not enough to lure Levine back home for an interview.

According to multiple people with knowledge of the search process, Gomes, Fuld and Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey have all declined to interview for the Red Sox job. WEEI’s Rob Bradford reported that former Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels also declined to interview “solely due (to) the desire to prioritize his family.” Daniels currently works for the Rays but still lives in Dallas.

Chad Jennings – The Athletic

Thad Levine interviews but does not get job

But, the Boston Red Sox hiring team didn’t give up on Twins’ executives, after Falvey turned down their request for an interview, instead shifting gears to the man one rung down the ladder from Falvey, his partner in crime, Thad Levine.

Unlike his boss, Levine accepted the opportunity to interview for the Red Sox’ open President of Baseball Operations position and he was “prominently in the mix” to land the job, as of last weekend. But just a couple days later, the Boston Globe reported that Levine had been eliminated as a candidate on Monday.

Twins GM, Thad Levine — seen as one of the strongest external candidates — was informed by the Sox on Monday that he’s no longer in consideration for the position.

Alex Speier – Boston Globe

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It’s also worth noting that the Twins GM has already turned down interviews and/or job opportunities with the Mets (2020), Phillies (2020) and, most recently during the 2022 offseason, the Detroit Tigers.

It seems as if he would have taken the Red Sox job, if offered. We’ll see what happens in the future. But in 2024, it appears Thad Levine will be back in the Minnesota Twins front office.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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