The Boston Red Sox appear to be zeroing in on a new general manager, and the name may be a familiar one to Mets fans.
ESPN's Jeff Passan has reported that Rays senior vice president of baseball ops Chaim Bloom has emerged as a serious candidate for the Sox' open GM position. The Athletic was the first to report that Bloom interviewed with the team.
Around this time last year, Bloom was a finalist for the Mets GM job, joining Doug Melvin and the man who eventually got the job, Brodie Van Wagenen.
A 36-year-old Philadelphia native, Bloom was promoted to his current position with the Rays in November 2016. Bloom has spent the last 15 seasons learning the ins and outs of the Rays organization, after originally being hired by the club as an intern in 2005.
The Rays have become one of the more forward-thinking teams in baseball, spurring the use of openers, which more and more teams, including the Yankees, have begun to adapt.
The Red Sox fired Dave Dombrowski in September, less than a year removed from their World Series title in 2018.