If there's a theme that's emerging in Chaim Bloom's first two months as Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer, it's collaboration.
It was stressed by Sox owner John Henry said at Bloom's introductory press conference and, after a series of minor moves at the winter meetings this week, Bloom, the former Tampa Bay Rays executive, has continued to talk about how he'll integrate the advice of as many members of the Red Sox organization as he can in his decision-making,
"It's super important to me. The reason we were able to have the success [at Tampa Bay] that we did was the people and how we all worked together," Bloom told ESPN's Joon Lee. "I hope that an appreciation has something to do with how I was raised both by my parents and then also how I was raised in this game with the people I was around. The value of that was something that was shown to me by a lot of the mentors around this game.
"You just see how much more you can accomplish when people work together when they feel valued, when everyone recognizes that no one person has a monopoly on the truth and nobody has all the answers. We are only going to achieve our full potential if we're willing to work together and willing to be vulnerable and acknowledge that we can all learn from each other."
That approach is a sharp contrast to Bloom's Red Sox predecessor, Dave Dombrowski, who was said to rely mainly on veteran baseball men Tony La Russa and Frank Wren, who, like Dombrowski are no longer with the organization.
"[Bloom] is basically the direct opposite of Dombrowski," one rival front-office executive told ESPN's Lee.
Henry seemed to be referring to Dombrowski, with his "one-man show" comment when Bloom was introduced to the Boston media.
"I would just say we were extremely desirous of bringing in someone who would augment and add as opposed to just bringing in someone who might have been an autocrat, for instance, a one-man show," Henry said at the time.
So, with big decisions on Mookie Betts and David Price still to come this offseason, and smaller moves in the books, such as parting ways with Rick Porcello, who signed with the Mets, and adding utility man Jose Peraza as a likely replacement for Brock Holt, Bloom will not be going it alone.
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