Having lost Andrew Friedman to the Dodgers, the Rays have promoted Chaim Bloom and Erik Neander to Vice President of Baseball Operations, a change which is reflected on the team’s “Front Office” page on MLB.com. Both were directors of baseball operations for the Rays previously.
New Rays President of Baseball Operations, Matt Silverman, issued a statement about Bloom and Neander. Via Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:
“Erik and Chaim’s promotions are well deserved as they have been essential contributors to our operation for years,” Silverman said in a statement. “I look forward to working with them in all facets of baseball operations, and I know they will continue to be great leaders of our deeply talented and dedicated department.”
Also per Topkin, Bloom has been with the Rays since 2005, focusing on player development, international scouting, contract negotiation, and roster management. Neander has been with the Rays since 2007, focusing on player personnel and research and development.
It will be interesting to observe what, if any, changes are made in the way the Rays go about their business with the sea change in the front office.