Who names their son Chaim? I don’t think in all my years I have ever met someone with a name even resembling Chaim. It’s like his parents wanted to name him Chase, then wanted to go with Liam, and said Fuck it why not both?
Sorry about that.
The Red Sox are currently in search of a new general manager after firing Dave Dombrowski in September, and have been strongly linked to Tampa Bay Rays exec Chaim Bloom as the next man up.
So who exactly is Chaim Bloom? What’s up with his name? Where did he come from? What is he going to do to this roster? Well, let’s take a look.
Bloom, 36, has been with the Rays since 2005 after graduating from Yale. He worked his way through the minors until he was named the director of baseball ops in 2011. In 2014, he was promoted to vice president of baseball ops, and has held that position ever since. He learned under the tutelage of highly renowned exec, current Dodgers GM Andrew Freidman. He has reported in the running for multiple GM jobs, including the Giants and Mets, losing out to Farhan Zaidi and Brodie Van Wagen respectively.
So what exactly has Bloom done to earn such high acclaim? Well, he has guided a team with one of the lowest payrolls in baseball to consecutive 90 win seasons, swindled numerous teams in salary-dump trades, construction of the best farm systems in baseball, and nearly knocked off the almighty Astros in the ALDS.
The Rays won 96 games, made the playoffs, have the No. 1 farm system in baseball and, to top it off, had the highest organization winning percentage among domestic affiliates in the minor leagues. https://t.co/nxhtNK0fvy
— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) October 25, 2019
It would be a VERY good hire.
So what would Bloom be stepping into as Boston’s GM?
Well, to be frank, an unmitigated shitstorm. Mookie Betts needs a contract extension, JD Martinez is likely to opt out, Chris Sale and David Price both are on the books for the foreseeable future with $30 million salaries, and a farm system that would make the Orioles blush. The Sox already have $133 million in guaranteed money dedicated to just 7 players on the roster and would have to shed A LOT of fat to stay under the Luxury Tax threshold for 2020, which seems to be the goal. In short, Bloom would have his work cut out for him. But, he has a track record that is unmatched in getting high returns for low-value players. Does Chris Archer for Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows ring any bells?? Bloom could trade everyone and simply start from scratch, or he could thin the herd and clear a shitload of money while trying to keep the team competitive.
This would be the right hire. Think Ben Charrington but way more of a proven body of work.
Get used to the name Red Sox fans. You’ll be kissing this man’s feet in 3 years.
Photo via AP Photo/Chris O’Meara