In an offseason that has a great deal of critical questions that need to be answered, it appears that one major hole could be filled as the Red Sox are reportedly likely to hire Tampa Bay Rays’ current Vice President of Baseball Operations, Chaim Bloom, as their next General Manager.
Per Jon Heyman, the deal is close to being done, and the highly regarded 36-year-old baseball executive could be named the next General Manager of the Boston Red Sox soon.
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 been apart of Tampa Bay’s system for 15 years. The 2004 Yale graduate began an internship with the Rays in 2005 and three years later, joined their minor league development system. In 2014, following Andrew Friedman’s departure as he became the Dodgers’ new President of Baseball Operations, Bloom was promoted to the position that he currently holds within the organization.
Bloom was a finalist for last season’s vacant Mets’ GM position, which was eventually given to former agent, Brodie Van Wagenen. He was also offered to interview with the Arizona Diamondbacks but he declined.
The baseball executive would be coming from an organization that took a team who opened the season with the league’s lowest payroll at $49.08 million, to game five of the ALDS against an American League juggernaut in the Houston Astros.
If he were to officially be named to the Red Sox GM position, then Bloom would be tasked with a tall order in manoeuvring this current, adverse Red Sox payroll.
Ownership has made it quite clear that the team wishes to cut down on the payroll significantly with the aim to get below the $208 million threshold. However, per MassLive’s Christopher Smith, their payroll will come in just under $200 million based on guaranteed contracts and estimated salaries for those players who are arbitration-eligible.
And with this position comes the massive decisions regarding superstars Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez. The fact of the matter is that if the Red Sox are able to hold onto one of these two, their total team salaries will easily exceed that $208 million limit.
Bloom would be entering a tough spot. But he is by far one of the most intriguing names on the market and it’s clear why the team has their interest. He comes from a franchise that battles payroll restrictions. And with John Henry’s salary goals in mind, the young up-and-coming executive appears to be the right man for the job.
Make no mistake though, if the team struggles again in 2020– even with the understanding that payroll constraints would have played a key role this winter–whoever the next GM is will be battling criticism early. But the team now appears to have a more long term philosophy in mind as opposed to their more recent short term, “win now” goals, which they achieved.