The Philadelphia Phillies have finalized their search for a new general manager, according to a report.

Three candidates have made the finals according to said various reports. Phillies reporter, Todd Zolecki, confirms that the narrowed down list includes: Matt Klentak, Dan Kantrovitz and Chaim Bloom.

Any other candidates that were interviewed or considered are no longer in the running. That list included Kim Ang and Cherry Hill native J.J. Picollo.

All three finalists, according to Zolecki, are Ivy League graduates with a base of analytics. You may recall both MacPhail and Phillies managing partner John Middleton preferred an analytical background as a prerequisite to the job.

* Klentak, the current Anaheim Angels assistant GM is a Dartmouth graduate and has crossed paths with MacPhail multiple times in his past both on collective bargaining agreements, along with his time spent in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

* Kantrovitz is currently with the Athletics as their assistant general manager. There is an obvious analytical philosophy coming from the Athletics with Billy Beane. Kantrovitz is a graduate of Brown and also has ties to the Cardinals organization, being credited with their top minor league system.

* Finally, Chaim Bloom entered his first season as the Tampa Rays office as vice president of baseball operations. He previously spent three seasons there as a director. There is no doubt on the Rays philosophy of analytics, as he also has good knowledge of the international game of baseball. Bloom is a Philadelphia native and attended Yale University.

So as you can see, all three finalists have extensive knowledge and experience in the analytical field. All three candidates have a good enough résumé and meet the prerequisites to be considered for this Phillies job.

The Phillies are expected to make an announcement next week, perhaps on Monday.

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