Another day, another Diamondbacks general manager candidate bites the dust. Hours after Dodgers executive Alex Anthopoulos turned down the opportunity to interview with the Diamondbacks, Rays’ vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom reportedly declined the same offer (per Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.com).
Bloom’s tenure with the Rays stretches back through the 2005 season, when he started as an intern in the front office before working his way up to vice president in October 2014. He was also rumored to be a candidate for the Twins’ president of baseball operations post, which was filled by Indians’ assistant GM Derek Falvey last month.
While the Diamondbacks scratched Anthopoulos and Bloom from their list of future general managers, Piecoro believes that Royals’ assistant GM J.J. Picollo has been thrown in the mix as well. Picollo has worn several hats over ten seasons with Kansas City, overseeing scouting and player development and minor-league operations as the Royals morphed from a perennial fifth-place team to World Series champions in 2015.