The Boston Red Sox are on the verge of hiring Tampa Bay Rays executive Chaim Bloom as their next general manager, according to reports.
MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported that it's almost official, while Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that Bloom is "the leading candidate," and that his hiring "seems likely."
Red Sox are close to naming Chaim Bloom to lead their baseball department. Bloom has been instrumental as Rays exec in that underfunded team’s stunning successes. @Ken_Rosenthal @chadjennings22 @feinsand @JeffPassan @TBTimes_Rays all with reports— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 25, 2019
Bloom has served as Tampa Bay's assistant vice president of baseball operations since 2016. Along with general manager Erik Neander, Bloom built together a dominant money ball team that has recorded consecutive 90-win seasons.
The Rays won 96 games in 2019, and they went on to defeat the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild card game. Despite being massive underdogs, the Rays pushed the Houston Astros to five games in the ALCS, before falling 6-1 in Game 5.
Boston fired team president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski before the conclusion of the 2018 season, just one year after the Red Sox won 108 games and a World Series championship. The Red Sox had also won three straight AL East division titles under Dombrowski from 2016 to '18.
Red Sox ownership and management have stated their desire to get under the luxury tax for the 2020 season. That, coupled with the Red Sox owning one of the weakest farm systems in all of baseball, means Bloom will likely have to rebuild this team from within - rather than spend big dollars in free agency whilst avoiding blockbuster trades.
The Red Sox have to decide what to do with 2018 AL MVP and franchise star Mookie Betts, who seems destined to enter free agency after next season. All-Star slugger J.D. Martinez can also opt out of his contract and hit the market once again. He has three years and $62.5 million left on his deal.
Bloom Is A Smart Hire For Red Sox
The Red Sox made the smart call in hiring the 36-year-old Bloom, who has done a remarkable job in developing Tampa Bay's farm system. He'll bring a different philosophy and working style than Dombrowski, one of the more aggressive baseball executives who threw around big dollars while sacrificing young talent for immediate help. Bloom will certainly do his work in helping the Red Sox cut back on payroll, too.