The search for a new chief baseball officer has been a lot harder than the Boston Red Sox expected.
Boston fired Chaim Bloom back on Sept. 14 before wrapping up its second consecutive 78-84 season. While Bloom built up the farm system, the success didn't translate over to the big leagues, as the Red Sox went to the playoffs just once in Bloom's four years in the front office.
Now Boston is looking to change course, but MassLive's Sean McAdam reported Friday that a number of potential candidates have rejected the Red Sox due to job instability within the organization.
There have also been concerns regarding the personnel that the next chief baseball officer will inherit, as Alex Cora is locked in as manager for 2024 and many members of the front office have been with the franchise for over 20 years.
Although Boston's candidate pool is seemingly shrinking by the day, there are still some names on the table.
1. Michael Hill
McAdam referenced Hill in his report, and it seems like he could be the most likely replacement for Bloom at this point.
Hill currently serves as the MLB's senior vice president of on-field operations. He was the general manager of the Miami Marlins from 2007-13 before moving up in the organization to president of baseball operations.
Miami never made the playoffs during Hill's time as general manager, putting together just two winning seasons.
2. Sam Fuld
It wasn't too long ago that Fuld was in the conversation to take over as Red Sox manager, but Boston opted to go with Cora ahead of the 2018 season.
Fuld, a New Hampshire native, has been the Phillies' general manager since 2021, helping Philadelphia to three straight winning seasons. The Phillies came two victories away from winning the World Series last season and have a chance to return to the Fall Classic this year after eliminating the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series.
Before his time as an executive, Fuld played in 598 major league games across eight seasons.
3. Brandon Gomes
Perhaps the best name on this list, Gomes is reportedly another candidate that Boston has its eyes on, according to MassLive's Chris Cotillo.
Gomes just completed his second season as general manager of the Dodgers, with Los Angeles compiling a 211-113 regular-season record under his direction. Back-to-back exits in the NLDS have spoiled the Dodgers' success through the first 162 games of the year, but Los Angeles has always been contending, and Gomes is a big reason why.
Like Fuld, Gomes has local ties, growing up in Fall River, Massachusetts. He also played for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League ahead of his major league career, which lasted five seasons.
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