Chaim Bloom is Following the Rays Way To Build The Red Sox


The Tampa Bay Rays were incredibly fun to watch this postseason.  I was rooting heavily for the Rays in the World Series for two reasons.  The first reason was I didn’t want to see the Dodgers win the World Series.  I have nothing against them personally, I just didn’t want to see Mookie Betts win so quickly in Los Angeles. 

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The second reason I wanted the Rays to win was because of Chaim Bloom.  Since coming to Boston, Bloom has made some very tough decisions.  Red Sox fans have been very critical of him because his connection to Tampa Bay.  Fans feel like he’s here to turn the Red Sox into Tampa Bay North. 

Despite losing in the World Series, the Rays' formula was seen on the grandest stage.  Red Sox fans were able to see what potentially could be here in Boston once Bloom has his roster in a position to be competitive.  If the Rays would have sputtered in the playoffs, the formula that Bloom is using to build his team would have been an even tougher sell to Red Sox Nation. 

As free agency and the offseason begins to unfold it will be interesting to see the moves Bloom makes.  I’m sure every Red Sox fan is hoping he can find the next Randy Arozarena.  All he did was rake during the postseason, hitting a record 10 home runs.  He also set a postseason record with 29 hits.

The Rays acquired Arozarena in the offseason from the Cardinals.  This deal is going to haunt St. Louis because this kid is the real deal.  He’s already being called the “Cuban Mookie Betts”.  At least the Cardinals' President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak is owning up to that being a bad trade on is part.  “I will own that.  That’s on me.  You need to know your own players.”  Yikes, nothing like hearing the leader of your baseball ops basically saying "my bad". 

The one thing I’m optimistic with Bloom is he’s not afraid to make moves.  He’s already added some talent back into the farm system.  Alex Verdugo showed us he can play in Boston.  With the emergence of both Tanner Houck and Nick Pivetta at the end of the regular season, he might have legitimate internal options for his rotation. 

I don’t expect Bloom to go shopping for the high priced free agents that will cost him draft picks and international money.  I do expect him to spread the money he has out over the entire roster for a more well-rounded team. 

The Rays approach, or the “Rays Way”, in Boston is going to take some time to adjust to. Fans want to win now (slams hand on the desk).  The Red Sox will win and be competitive again, they’re just going to do it with a whole new approach.  The more disciplined approach than just feverishly spending for the name on the back of the jersey. 

There’s a reason to be optimistic heading into this offseason.  Let Bloom and his baseball department focus on building this team from the minors all the way up to the Major League roster.  He’s got some decisions to make and he appears to have some money to spend.  I’m confident he’ll spend it in the right places. 

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Chaim Bloom is Following the Rays Way To Build The Red Sox
Chaim Bloom is Following the Rays Way To Build The Red Sox
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