ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-The Tampa Bay Rays have promoted Chaim Bloom and Erik Neander each to the position of Vice President, Baseball Operations. In their new roles, they will assist President, Baseball Operations Matt Silverman in all aspects of the department.
"Erik and Chaim's promotions are well deserved as they have been essential contributors to our operation for years," said Silverman. "I look forward to working with them in all facets of baseball operations, and I know they will continue to be great leaders of our deeply talented and dedicated department."
Bloom, 31, joined the Rays in February 2005 and has since worked in a variety of roles, becoming Director, Baseball Operations in November 2011. His areas of focus have included player development, international scouting, contract negotiation and management of the major league roster. The Philadelphia native graduated from Yale University in 2004. He and his wife, Aliza, live in St. Petersburg with their son, Isaiah.
"I'm extremely grateful to Matt and Stu Sternberg for this opportunity," Bloom said. "The Rays are fortunate to have a deep and talented staff-top-flight people who are committed to success. We are all eager to continue our tireless work in pursuit of a championship."
Neander, 31, joined the baseball operations department in January 2007. He spent the last three seasons as Director, Baseball Operations, assisting in all aspects of the baseball operations department, with an emphasis on player personnel and research and development. The Oneonta, New York, native graduated from Virginia Tech. He and his wife, Jessica, reside in Tampa with their son, Penn.
"I'm very thankful to Stu and Matt for believing in me, and I'm excited for the challenges ahead," said Neander. "It's a privilege to work with so many bright, passionate people. We remain committed to building upon our experiences and competing deep into October."