The New York Mets have interviewed Tampa Bay Rays Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations, Chaim Bloom, for their open general manager position, per a report from Mike Puma, the Mets beat writer for the New York Post.
Bloom just finished his 14th season with the Rays organization. Since joining the Tampa Bay Rays, Bloom has risen rapidly through the ranks, eventually being promoted in November of 2014 to his current position, in which he shares the general manager duties with GM Erik Neander.
In 2015, Bloom was among the finalist to be the general manager of his hometown team, the Philadelphia Phillies, but ultimately the job went to Mike Klentak.
This isn’t the first time other organizations have come calling for Chaim Bloom. The Minnesota Twins looked at him for a role in September of 2016, prior to his most recent promotion with Tampa Bay, having him interview to be their President of Baseball Operations.
The Rays finished the 2018 season with a record of 90-72, thanks to key contributions from the players, coaching staff, and the front office. There have already been several members of Kevin Cash’s coaching staff linked to open managerial positions around the league, with Charlie Montoyo most recently slated to be interviewed by the Cincinnati Reds.
#Rays Chaim Bloom probably won't be the only member of the front office interviewed by the #Mets— Steve Kinsella (@Steve_Kinsella1) October 10, 2018
Special Assistant Bobby Heck is highly regarded.
Former #Rays pro scouting director/current assistant #Brewers GM Matt Arnold also should get a call.
This likely won’t be the last we hear this offseason of members of the Rays organization garnering interest around the league, and generally speaking it is a testament to the quality of the organization that has been built in Tampa Bay.