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Chaim Bloom: Looking forward to get Rays back to playoffs

After interviews that led to serious consideration for the top jobs with the Mets and Giants, senior vice president Chaim Bloom is set to stay with the Rays, at least for now.

Bloom, 35, was a finalist for the Giants' head of baseball operations job that went Wednesday to Dodgers executive Farhan Zaidi, and he was the runner­up for the Mets' general manager job that was filled last week by agent Brodie Van Wagenen.

"It's humbling to see how the industry has taken notice of what we've built here — really, it's a credit to our whole group,'' Bloom said Wednesday night via text from the GM meetings in Carlsbad, Calif. "I have incredible teammates here, and I'm looking forward to working with them to get the Rays back in the postseason.''

Bloom has been with the Rays since starting as an intern in 2005, working closely and in concert with GM Erik Neander, handling an assortment of matters, forming essentially a management team.

Bloom has been of interest to a number of teams, interviewing previously with the Brewers and his hometown Phillies, and declining an interview with the Diamondbacks. Speculation he would rejoin former boss Andrew Friedman with the Dodgers to replace Zaidi was untrue.

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