Let’s take a look at some Red Sox news and notes from the past few days to catch you up..
- The Red Sox announced the hiring of Chaim Bloom yesterday in a release shortly before the introductory press conference that you can read here. If you missed out on the full press conference, I’ll embed the link to the video down below. To recap the press conference a bit, Red Sox ownership stated that they compiled a list of 20 possible candidates, but only asked permission to speak with Bloom despite this report from MLB Trade Rumors that suggests otherwise. The Athletic’s Jen McCaffery had a pretty in-depth article that highlighted the process of hiring the new head of baseball operations that you can read here. Bloom was asked several times during the course of the press conference about his plans for Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez, but he was pretty tight-lipped about the issues, as he should. One word that kept coming up during the conference was collaboration. Bloom and ownership seemed adamant on the concept of involving everyone in the Red Sox baseball operations group to make decisions. Sam Kennedy, John Henry, and Tom Werner also brought up that they even made phone calls to Andrew Friedman and Theo Epstein to ask their opinions on Bloom, both of them giving a good word on the former Rays executive.
- During Bloom’s press conference he announced the promotion of Brian O’Halloran to general manager. Bloom discussed how O’Halloran is one of the most well-respected executives in the game. The new general manager of the Red Sox has been with the team since 2002. The other executives that made up the interim group that took over after Dombrowski’s firing — Zack Scott, Eddie Romero, and Raquel Ferreria — all will hold their same position in the operations department as they did during the Dombrowski administration. However, John Henry mentioned that one of those long-time Red Sox employees is interviewing for a GM job elsewhere, presumably Romero.
- After the long press conference yesterday, The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier reported that former MLB pitcher Dave Bush is the front-runner for the Red Sox pitching coach job. Speier said the Red Sox could announce the hiring in the next few days. Bush has worked with the Red Sox since 2016, working mainly in the minor leagues in pitching development. Bush has an analytical approach to the job and has been key in the development of some top Red Sox pitching prospects including Bryan Mata.
- Some other notes worth mentioning are the status of J.D. Martinez and Chris Sale. Tom Werner stated in the press conference yesterday that he had met with Martinez’s agent, Scott Boras, recently to talk his client’s contract. Werner didn’t go into any further detail on the situation. Martinez has five days following the conclusion of the World Series to make a decision on whether or not he opts-out of his current contract. In one of Chris Cotillo’s latest articles on MassLive, he writes about the current outlook of Chris Sale. General manager Brian O’Halloran told Cotillo yesterday that the Red Sox expect Sale to have a “pretty normal offseason” and that the ace will visit Dr. Andrews once more in mid-November before he starts his offseason throwing program.
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