2. David Stearns
If Red Sox management wants someone more similar to Bloom, Stearns is a pretty good match. He’s young (38), has an Ivy League education and works for a successful franchise.
Stearns is currently an advisor for the Brewers, where he served as their GM from late 2015 to late 2022. Milwaukee made the playoffs four straight years during that stretch and missed the postseason by one game in 2022, so Stearns knows how to build and maintain contenders.
He’s also probably looking to move on after stepping down as the Brewers’ president of baseball operations last fall. While he’s currently serving in an advisory role, he could be swayed to take on more of a leadership role with a different franchise, especially one with more resources and fame like Boston.
The Red Sox have favored younger GMs lately as well with three of their last four being under 40 when they took the job, making Stearns a good fit in that sense as well. Ownership would likely appreciate his progressive approach and grasp of analytics.
In other words, Stearns is basically a more accomplished Bloom.