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Craig Breslow emerges as the favorite as Red Sox narrow candidates for head of baseball operations job

Craig Breslow was part of the 2013 World Series championship team while working out of the Red Sox bullpen.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

The field to become the next head of baseball operations for the Red Sox is narrowing — and a favorite has emerged.

Multiple industry sources believe that Cubs assistant GM Craig Breslow is the clear frontrunner in the search to lead the Sox baseball operations department. The Sox informed candidates on Monday whether they’re advancing to the second round of the process.

Breslow, according to sources, remains in discussions with the team. To this point, Breslow is the only candidate known to have a second-round interview. 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.

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The status of the other candidates is unknown. Nor is it known whether anyone except Breslow is still being considered for the head of baseball operations position.

The Red Sox interviewed at least eight known first-round candidates: Breslow, Levine, Sox assistant GM Eddie Romero, Sox assistant GM Michael Groopman, Red Sox vice president of player development and scouting Paul Toboni, Guardians special assistant and former Pirates GM Neal Huntington, former Giants and Phillies manager and ex-Dodgers farm director Gabe Kapler, and Blue Jays VP of baseball strategy and former Astros GM James Click, who declined to pursue the position after an initial conversation with the team.


Alex Speier can be reached at alex.speier@globe.com. Follow him @alexspeier.