Boston Red Sox

Dec 14, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays senior vice president, baseball operations Chaim Bloom during the MLB winter meetings at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt McCarthy,

A frontrunner has reportedly emerged as the Red Sox search for their next general manager.

36-year-old Chaim Bloom (pronounced: High-Em), one of the top assistants in the Tampa Bay Rays front office, appears to have the inside track for the job, according to multiple reports.

Jared Carrabis of Barstool Sports tweeted out Bloom’s bio Thursday night, starting speculation that the Red Sox were interested.

Chad Jennings and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic followed up Carrabis’ tweet with reporting on the matter, with Jennings tweeting that Boston’s search for their next general manager is “coming to an end.”

Jeff Passan of ESPN and Mark Feinsand of confirmed Bloom’s connection to the Red Sox, with Passan describing Bloom as a “serious candidate” and Feinsand calling him the “overwhelming frontrunner”

Bloom, the Rays Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations, has spent nearly his entire career in Tampa Bay. He is a graduate of Yale and was a candidate for the Mets GM opening last year, which ultimately went to former agent Brodie Van Wagenen.

This marks a significant shift in the Red Sox philosophy entering the offseason. Principal Owner John Henry told reporters at the end of September that he was searching for an experienced external candidate to take over baseball operations on Jersey Street, but it appears the candidates that would have fit that profile were not interested in the job.

Theo Epstein dispelled rumors weeks ago that he would consider returning to Boston. His right-hand man, Jed Hoyer, was also said to have no interest in the job. Former Red Sox exec Mike Hazen re-signed in Arizona and Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman decided to stay in Los Angeles.

ESPN’s Buster Olney reported in September that many around baseball viewed the Red Sox opening as undesirable given the documented lack of job security for general managers in Boston. Both Ben Cherington and Dave Dombrowski were let go shortly after winning World Series titles.

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