Chaim Bloom has been on thin ice with the Red Sox ever since he took over as Chief Baseball Officer in 2019. He immediately traded away the team’s best player in Mookie Betts, kicking off the slow deconstruction of the 2018 World Series champs.
After nearly four tumultuous years leading the Red Sox, it’s clear that Bloom isn’t fit for the job. His teams have finished last in the AL East twice in three seasons and are closer to last place than a playoff spot in 2023.
After four years of underwhelming offseasons, frustrating trade deadlines and poor roster-building, it’s time for Bloom to go. Boston needs someone more aggressive who will be able to turn its strong farm system into a contender, similar to what Dave Dombrowski did during his tenure.
Here are three people who the Red Sox should consider to replace Bloom this offseason.
3 Chaim Bloom Replacements
1. Brian Sabean
Sabean currently works in the Yankees’ front office as an executive advisor to Brian Cashman. Prior to joining New York, Sabean served as the Giants’ general manager from 1997-2014, making him the longest-tenured GM in franchise history.
Sabean was highly successful during that time, assembling three World Series winners in 2010, 2012 and 2014. His team also reached the World Series in 2002, making him one of the most successful GMs in baseball history.
This is exactly the type of person who should be running the Red Sox. An experienced winner who has thrived in big markets, not a wet-behind-the-ears kid like Bloom who’d never run a baseball team before Boston hired him.
Sabean’s track record is even more impressive given that his three championship teams were largely devoid of star players. He excelled at building deep, balanced and cohesive teams that played well together and were greater than the sum of their parts. Based on ownership’s recent aversion to signing star players, Sabean sounds like their type of guy.
Plus anytime you can poach someone from the Yankees, you have to do it.