The Boston Red Sox are in the hunt for a new head to their baseball operations department after dismissing Chaim Bloom, and longtime Pittsburgh Pirates’ general manager Neal Huntington is reportedly under consideration.
Rob Bradford of Audacy Sports tweeted that the ex-Pirates GM is a candidate for the open position.
Huntington, 54, was the general manager of the Pirates from Oct. 2007 until he was fired following the end of the 2019 season.
During his time as Pirates’ GM, Huntington was responsible for constructing the teams that got the Pirates back to the postseason in three straight years from 2013-15 and snapped a streak of consecutive losing seasons that spanned two decades.
Towards the end of his tenure, Huntington took flack for a variety of decisions including a trade that sent Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros and an infamous deadline deal in 2018 which saw the Pirates land starting pitcher Chris Archer in exchange for Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows and 2017 first-round draft pick Shane Baz.
Huntington’s dismissal was part of a complete overhaul in which the Pirates also let go of team President Frank Coonelly and manager Clint Hurdle.
Huntington, of course, was replaced by current general manager Ben Cherington, who made a name for himself by winning the 2013 World Series while serving as GM of the Red Sox, coincidently enough.
Most recently, Huntington served in the Cleveland Guardians front office as a Special Assistant of Baseball Projects after being hired in Mar. 2022.
Current Minnesota Twins GM Thad Levine is reportedly interviewing for the position with Boston, according to Jon Heyman of the NY Post.