Report: Chaim Bloom seen as favorite to become new Red Sox GM

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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’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.