The Red Sox have filled their general manager vacancy by promoting assistant general manager Mike Hazen to the role, according to a report from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Hazen will be second-in-command to president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who was hired last month, and serve as the team's executive vice president and general manager.
Hazen, 39, was one of many candidates for the job, as the Sox also considered former Braves general manager Frank Wren, Astros scouting director Quinton McCracken, former Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd and Diamondbacks vice president DeJon Watson for the position. Hazen will take the job of his former boss Ben Cherington, who left the organization in August once Dombrowski was hired.
Hazen has worked for the Red Sox since February 2006, when he was hired as the team's director of player development. The Princeton alum worked for the Indians from 2001 to 2006 and has risen through the ranks of the Red Sox organization under Theo Epstein and Cherington.
Hazen was also considered a candidate for general manager openings in Anaheim and Milwaukee, and was interviewed by the Angels in recent weeks. With the Red Sox and Brewers filling their vacancies this week, four teams-- the Angels, Mariners, Marlins and Phillies-- remain on the market for a new general manager.