The Athletic’s Chad Jennings and Ken Rosenthal report that Rays VP of baseball operations Chaim Bloom interviewed with the Red Sox for the open GM position. Per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, Bloom is seen as the frontrunner in that pursuit.
Bloom, 33, began working as an intern for both MLB and the Padres before joining the Rays. The Yale alum finished his 13th season with the Rays. He has been in his current position for the last three years.
Despite winning the 2018 World Series, the Red Sox fired Dave Dombrowski last month. The team didn’t live up to expectations this year despite a hefty payroll, finishing in third place with an 84-78 record. Ownership wants to reduce payroll. Bloom, as opposed to Dombrowski, is the kind of guy you want if that’s your goal.
Since Dombrowski’s ouster, the Red Sox have relied on assistant general managers Eddie Romero, Brian O’Halloran, and Zack Scott as well as Raquel Ferreira, the club’s senior vice president of major and minor league operations.
Even Drellich of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox are cutting the pay of team employees. Those cuts, which began to be communicated last night, apply to all employees making $50,000 or more. They are tiered cuts, with people making $50-99,000 seeing salary cut by 20%, those making $100k-$499,000 seeing $25% cuts and those making $500,000 or more getting 30% cuts.
Drellich reported that a Red Sox employee told him that “people are livid” over the fact that those making $100K are being treated the same way as those making $500K. And, yes, that does seem to be a pretty wide spread for similar pay cuts. One would think that a team with as many analytically-oriented people on staff could perhaps break things down a bit more granularly.
Notable in all of this that the same folks who own the Red Sox — Fenway Sports Group — own Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, and that just last month Liverpool’s pay cut/employee furlough policies proved so unpopular that they led to a backlash and a subsequent reversal by the club. That came after intense criticism from Liverpool fan groups and local politicians. Sox owner John Henry must be confident that no such backlash will happen in Boston.
As we noted yesterday, The Kansas City Royals, who are not as financially successful as the Boston Red Sox, have not furloughed employees or cut pay as a result of baseball’s shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps someone in Boston could call the Royals and ask them how they managed that.