Twins GM Levine no longer in Red Sox search for baseball boss

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After interviewing with the Boston Red Sox last week, Twins General Manager Thad Levine is no longer a candidate to become their head of baseball operations, a source confirmed to the Star Tribune.

Levine, who joined the Twins in November 2016, was informed by the Red Sox on Monday he was no longer in consideration for the gig. The Red Sox interviewed at least four external candidates after firing chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom in September, and the Boston Globe reported former Twins reliever Craig Breslow is viewed as the favorite to earn the job.

The Red Sox requested permission to interview Levine and Derek Falvey, the Twins' president of baseball operations, after the Twins advanced to the American League Division Series this fall. Falvey declined the interview request.

"We plan to take our time," Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy told reporters after the season ended. "We plan to be very deliberate. We're going to have internal candidates. We're going to have external candidates. We're going to have a consistent, robust process that hopefully leads us to the right person or people."