The Red Sox fired their President of Baseball Operations, Dave Dombrowski, less than a year after winning a World Series title. Since then, a lot of questions have been raised about the direction that the Red Sox would be headed in. Will they trade Mookie Betts? Will they attempt to re-sign JD Martinez if he opts out? Will they try to trade Martinez if he opts in? How do they rebuild the farm system that Dombrowski depleted when he built the greatest team in franchise history a year ago?
Most questions remain unanswered right now, but we’re starting to get a better idea of who will be in charge of making such decisions. That man sounds like it could be Chaim Bloom, the 36-year-old senior vice president of baseball operations with the Tampa Bay Rays. At this time, he’s being considered the “clear favorite” for the Red Sox GM job, according to Chad Jennings of the Athletic.
Bloom, if you recall, had his name come up when the Mets were looking for a new general manager last year. The Mets, instead, hired Jacob deGrom’s agent, Brody Van Wagenen. Bloom remained with Tampa, resuming his third-year duties as SVP of baseball operations.
When I got the tip that it’d be Bloom, I started poking around and I’ve heard nothing but great things. Things like “excellent hire”, the perfect fit if you’re looking to rebuild your system, a great eye for talent that goes overlooked by other organizations, and a former player in the Rays organization reached out with praise for Bloom, saying that Tampa was the “most transparent, straight-shooting organization” that he played for. He also couldn’t wait to see what Bloom was capable of once he had some money to throw around. All good signs.
Now, we wait for an official announcement. One would assume it’ll come after the conclusion of the World Series. Once that announcement is made, the new Red Sox general manager will have his work cut out for him. It’s not going to be an easy task — or tasks, rather — but it sounds like Bloom is the man for the job. Stay tuned.