Rays senior VP Chaim Bloom has emerged as the leading candidate for the Red Sox general manager job and “seems likely” to be hired, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.
Several other outlets reported similarly on Thursday night. Bloom was first reported to be among those who interviewed for the job, according to The Athletic, identified as “a serious candidate” for the job by ESPN and labeled “the frontrunner” by Mark Feinsand of mlb.com.
Bloom, 36, has been among the top candidates for any recent GM opening, interviewing previously for at least four. The difference here, of course, is that if he were to get the Boston job he would be working for one of the Rays’ fiercest AL East rivals.
Bloom has been with the Rays for 15 seasons, climbing from intern to the No. 2 job in the baseball operations department, working closely with GM Erik Neander in all areas.
Bloom made it to the final two candidates for the Mets GM job last season, but lost out to then-agent Brodie Van Wagenen, and also was reported as a finalist for the Giants GM job that went instead to former Dodgers executive Farhan Zaidi.
Bloom interviewed previously for GM jobs in Milwaukee and his native Philadelphia, and turned down an invitation to interview with Arizona.
The Sox job has been open since Dave Dombrowski was dismissed in September.