The new Red Sox chief baseball officer says he's keeping an open mind as the hunt begins for Alex Cora's replacement.

BOSTON — This isn’t how Chaim Bloom pictured his first season with the Red Sox.

After being hired as Boston's chief baseball officer, taking over for Dave Dombrowski, Bloom, 36, suddenly must find the next manager of the Red Sox. With pitchers and catchers reporting to Fort Meyers, Fla., for spring training in less than four weeks, it’s certainly not an ideal time to find Alex Cora’s replacement.

On Wednesday, Bloom said his team will lead the search for Cora’s successor after the manager and team mutually agreed to part ways because of his role in the Houston Astros' sign-stealing operation. As of now, Bloom is exploring all options — internal and external — to lead the 2020 Red Sox.

“There's no question it's an unusual time to be doing a managerial search, being at the point in the winter that we are, being this close to spring training,” said Bloom, who will have to ask for permission to speak with other team’s coaches. “You know, it's impossible for that not to be a factor in how we proceed, but it's not going to be the only factor. We want to make sure to do this justice.”

Bloom said he’s keeping an open mind as he helps to lead this search. He didn’t rule out hiring an interim manager and then starting the managerial search over next offseason. He also didn't limit the field to finding a manager with plenty of experience.

Bloom worked with the Tampa Bay Rays from 2005 to 2019 and took part in two coaching searches that landed Joe Maddon in 2006 and Kevin Cash in 2015. When Maddon was hired, he was 52 and had some managerial experience. When Cash was hired, he was 38 and had no experience as a manager and just two seasons of coaching experience.

“My past with the Rays, I worked with one [Maddon] who will probably roll his eyes to hear me say this, but over time, especially as he got some tenure on the job, became one of the older managers in baseball,” Bloom said. “And then worked with one of the youngest, and everybody brings different things to the table. I don't like to categorize people, to typecast people. I think it's unfair to them, and in doing that, would be unfair to us.”

If the Red Sox decide to stay in-house, they have some options. One is bench coach Ron Roenicke, 63, who managed the Milwaukee Brewers from 2011 to 2015, compiling a 342-331 record. Another option is former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, who is currently working as a special assistant to Bloom.

“I don't want to get into whether we would or wouldn't consider anybody specific,” Bloom said. “Tek is one of those guys, again, a lot of people here knowing a lot better than I do. I've been very impressed talking to him. The bond that he has with the fans of this organization, that speaks for itself. And I know our staff thinks just as highly of him. You don't often find people who have the distinguished playing career he's had and also the ability to connect across a wide spectrum of people, and he certainly demonstrates that.”

Bloom said he doesn’t have a list of candidates yet but the process starts now.

“As we get into this, obviously, the main thing that we're going to want to make sure is that the next manager is the right manager for us, rather than start from whether it should be internal or external,” Bloom said. “I'd just say that, at this stage, as we start the process, there's nothing we've ruled out and we're going to have a discussion about how to weigh those different factors.”