Red Sox fans finally had reason to celebrate on Thursday, but not because of anything their team did on the field.
With his club headed towards its third last-place finish in four seasons, Chief Baseball Officer Chaim was finally let go — a move many Boston fans (myself included) have long been clamoring for.
While removing Bloom from the equation is addition by subtraction, the team must now find someone else to run its baseball operations department. That won’t be easy right now with the season still in progress, but the sooner Boston replaces Bloom the better, especially with a pivotal offseason coming up.
David Stearns is off the table and Theo Epstein isn’t interested, unfortunately, but here are three executives the Red Sox should target immediately to replace Bloom.
3 Chaim Bloom Replacement Options
1. Brian Sabean
Sabean currently serves as an executive advisor to Brian Cashman in the Yankees’ front office. Prior to joining New York, Sabean worked as the Giants’ general manager from 1997-2014, becoming the longest-tenured GM in franchise history.
Sabean was incredibly successful during that time, assembling three World Series winners in 2010, 2012 and 2014 despite not having a ton of star players. San Francisco also reached the World Series in 2002, making him one of the most successful GMs in baseball history.
An experienced winner who has thrived in big markets, Sabean seems like a perfect fit for the Red Sox. He could also be itching to leave New York after this year’s disappointing season, and perhaps he’d rather be in charge again rather than reporting to someone else.
It’s also worth noting that Sabean’s Giants teams were largely homegrown, supplemented by savvy free agent signings. That seems to be the direction Boston’s ownership wants to go in these days, so Sabean looks like their guy.
Plus anytime you can steal someone from the Yankees, you have to do it.