Red Sox interview Chaim Bloom

Red Sox principal owner John Henry initially suggested that the team wanted to talk to candidates with prior GM experience. –FILE/BARRY CHIN/GLOBE STAFF

The Red Sox baseball operations department may be close to gaining new leadership.

According to multiple major league sources, Chaim Bloom, the vice president of baseball operations for the Tampa Bay Rays for the last three years, has interviewed with the Red Sox about joining their baseball operations department. Multiple industry officials characterized the Red Sox as having significant interest in Bloom, though it is not known what position (general manager, president of baseball operations, or another) the team has been discussing with him.

If Bloom comes to the Red Sox, he will do so after making a significant mark on a Rays organization that earned widespread respect for emerging as a contender despite limited resources. While Bloom has technically worked under Rays GM Erik Neander in his current role, the lines of responsibility for the two were intentionally blurred to give both significant responsibility, with the two in near-constant communication about virtually every aspect of the organization.