An unexpected name has emerged in the Red Sox’ search for a new head of baseball operations.
According to major league sources, former Giants and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler has interviewed with the Red Sox about leading their baseball operations department.
Kapler, 48, has spent the last six years managing — two seasons with the Phillies, four with the Giants — but was dismissed by San Francisco at the end of this season.
Prior to managing, Kapler worked in the Dodgers’ front office as their farm director from 2014-17. That followed a playing career that included 12 seasons in the big leagues (1998-2010), with a one-year hiatus to manage the Red Sox’ Single A Greenville affiliate in 2007. Kapler played for the Red Sox from 2003-06.
One anticipated candidate apparently will not be in the mix. Multiple industry sources confirmed a report from MassLive that former Marlins general manager Kim Ng — who parted with that team this week rather than return on a one-year mutual option — has declined the chance to pursue the Red Sox position.
Kapler joins Cubs assistant general manager Craig Breslow, Twins GM Thad Levine, and Guardians special assistant Neal Huntington as external candidates who have interviewed. Blue Jays vice president James Click also talked with the Red Sox but declined to pursue the job.
The Sox also have interviewed at least three internal candidates: assistant GM Eddie Romero, assistant GM Michael Groopman, and vice president of player development and scouting Paul Toboni.
Another potential candidate, former Phillies GM and current Brewers special assistant Matt Klentak, has not been contacted by the Red Sox, according to major league sources.
Klentak is a Medfield native whose acquisitions of Bryce Harper, Zack Wheeler, and J.T. Realmuto, as well as the long-term signing of Aaron Nola, helped lay a foundation for the current two-year run into deep October by the Phillies.
The Sox’ search appears to be nearing or at the end of the first stage. Multiple sources expect the Sox to notify candidates by early next week whether they will be asked to take part in a second round of interviews.