It was reported on Wednesday, that the New York Mets have interviewed Chaim Bloom, the Tampa Bay Rays senior vice president of baseball operations.
Bloom, 35, has been within the Rays organization for the last 14 years. He currently shares general manager duties with GM Erik Neander.
The youngster was a finalist for the Philadelphia Phillies GM position in 2015 and he interviewed for the Minnesota Twins the next season. He also turned down an opportunity to interview with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016.
Bloom started with the Rays as an intern in February of 2005, and was hired full-time later that year. Prior to joining the Rays, he worked as a baseball OPS intern for the San Diego Padres and a legal intern for MLB.
Bloom is one of the bright young minds in baseball, and is analytically driven, which will make most Mets fans happy. His responsibility in the Rays organization have included contract negotiations, trade negotiations, player development, scouting philosophy and personnel additions.
Last month, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, talked to Bloom about his experience in baseball and how he got involved at such a young age. Here’s another informative interview he did last year with the blog Drays Bays.
Bloom graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in Latin classics. He penned a few articles for Baseball Prospectus with his first coming in 1997.
Bloom will await word on whether or not he will receive a second interview for the Mets opening at general manager and/or president of baseball operations.