Before the Boston Red Sox hired Chaim Bloom to be their chief baseball officer in late 2019, they had Dave Dombrowski in that position.
The team wanted Bloom to replenish the Red Sox farm system and inject some youth and talent to the organization, then grow from there.
The first part of the job was completed to some extent: Boston added/developed players such as Brayan Bello, Ceddanne Rafaela, Jarren Duran, Triston Casas, Tanner Houck, and others.
However, the “grow from there” part hasn’t turned out as hoped, and it cost Bloom his job.
“The Boston Red Sox fired chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom,” MLB insider Jeff Passan tweeted.
The Boston Red Sox fired chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 14, 2023
The Red Sox are 73-72, tied for last in the AL East with the New York Yankees.
The ownership had hoped to see more progress by this point, yet the decision to sack Bloom is still very surprising mostly because the Red Sox appeared ready to put together a strong core to compete by next year, at least.
They had re-signed Rafael Devers, brought in Masataka Yoshida, Kenley Jansen, and had resurrected the careers of Nick Pivetta, James Paxton, and to some extent Chris Sale.
In the minds of the ownership group, that wasn’t enough to overcome key losses such as Xander Bogaerts last offseason.
Bloom’s stint will be marked by the decision to trade Mookie Betts in 2020 (his hand was also forced, though) and by the fact he only made the postseason in 2021, with multiple last-place finishes.
He leaves the next chief baseball officer or general manager a core to work with.
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