As the Rays gear up for a key offseason, they’ll have to operate without one of their top front-office decision-makers.
Senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom has been hired by the Red Sox as their general manager, multiple sources confirmed to MLB.com. Bloom has been in the Rays organization since 2005, when he was hired as an intern, and was promoted to vice president of baseball operations in ‘16.
A source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that Bloom was the lone external candidate interviewed by the Red Sox during their search, which indicates just how well-regarded Bloom was by Boston.
Bloom is a big loss for the Rays. While general manager Erik Neander and president Brian Auld will continue to lead a forward-thinking organization, Bloom played an integral role over the past couple of seasons.
The 36-year-old Bloom was one of the most sought-after young executives in baseball. He was highly respected within the Rays organization and was viewed as a leader. Bloom also played a role in the Rays establishing one of the best farm systems in the Majors, especially in identifying quality young pitchers.
Bloom interviewed for the Mets' general manager position last winter before New York hired Brodie Van Wagenen. Bloom also interviewed with the Phillies and Twins in recent years.
Bloom's hiring by an American League East rival also impacts the Rays. The Red Sox have operated in different ways than Tampa Bay, but Bloom will bring some of the mentality and philosophies that helped the Rays make the postseason this year despite owning the lowest payroll in the Majors.
It’s still unclear who will replace Bloom in his position, but the Rays will still rely on Neander and Auld moving forward.
Tampa Bay bench coach Matt Quatraro has interviewed for the Giants' and Pirates' manager openings. Rays manager Kevin Cash lost coaches Rocco Baldelli (Twins) and Charlie Montoyo (Blue Jays) to manager jobs last winter.
Quatraro served as the Rays’ third-base coach in ‘18 and finished his first season as the team’s bench coach this season.