11:43am: Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger both caution that the team’s executive search “is still ongoing” (links to Twitter), and the team has, of course, yet to make an announcement on the hiring.
10:34am: The Twins will indeed hire Falvey to oversee their baseball operations department, tweets ESPN’s Keith Law.
10:33am: Indians assistant general manager Derek Falvey has emerged as the “distinct favorite” to be named the new president of baseball operations for the Twins, reports Yahoo’s Jeff Passan (Twitter link). An official hiring could come soon, according to Passan. TwinsDaily.com’s Jeremy Nygaard first tweeted last night that he’d heard Falvey was going to land the job.
The Twins have been linked to a number of young executives as they look for a replacement for recently dismissed GM Terry Ryan. Among the other names known to be in the mix are Rays vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom, Royals assistant GM J.J. Picollo and Cubs senior vice president of player development Jason McLeod. Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN tweets that McLeod interviewed last week and was informed by the Twins on Friday that they planned to go in a different direction with their hire. Falvey, meanwhile, was said by Passan to be a “strong candidate” back on Sept. 15.
The 33-year-old Falvey will become one of baseball’s youngest executives and represents a significant departure from the status quo for Minnesota. His rise to the position of president is a surprise to say the least, as he’s spent less than one full season as an assistant GM. Falvey was promoted to that post last October in conjunction with the promotions of Chris Antonetti to president of baseball operations and Mike Chernoff to general manager. Prior to that, he spent four seasons as Cleveland’s director of baseball operations. The Boston native holds a degree in economics from Trinity College, where he also played baseball, and has contributed to the Cleveland front office in many capacities. In addition to his longstanding role in the team’s player development process, Falvey has overseen the advanced scouting department and worked with Antonetti and Chernoff on “financial, statistical and contractual dealings,” per the Indians’ media guide.
Falvey figures to be the first of multiple new hires for the Twins, who reportedly will allow their new president to hire a general manager to work underneath him as well. Beyond that, changes atop a baseball operations hierarchy often lead to personnel shuffling further down the pecking order, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise if further new faces join the Minnesota front office. One name that won’t be changing, however, is manager Paul Molitor, whom owner Jim Pohlad has already stated will remain his manager in 2017.