Report: Phillies to Hire Matt Klentak as New GM
He was hired over candidates Chaim Bloom of the Rays and Dan Kantrovitz of the Athletics. Klentak has worked in the Angels front office under Jerry Dipoto since 2011, serving as the team's assistant general manager.
Former GM Ruben Amaro Jr was let go on Sept. 10, the position has been filled by Klentak, an analytically oriented guy who is regarded as a good communicator.
While the interview process brought a lot of interesting candidates to the table, including - Marlins executive Larry Beinfest, MLB vice president of baseball operations Kim Ng, Indians vice president of player personnel Ross Atkins, Cardinals director of player personnel Matt Slater, Royals assistant GM J.J. Picollo and former Cubs GM Jim Hendry - current Phillies president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail brought in someone who he was familiar with. Klentak served as the director of baseball operations for the Orioles, where he worked under MacPhail.
Klentak will use analytics, but is coming from Los Angeles where former Angels GM Jerry Dipoto was recently let go for his use of his staff's reports. He was fulfilling the role of GM in the interim but was passed over for their GM opening in favor of Billy Eppler,
Before joining the Phillies, Klentak, a Dartmouth graduate, began working in the Rockies baseball operations department and then worked in labor relations for MLB for several seasons, He is credited for the shaping of the 2006 Collective Bargaining Agreement. He departed to become director of baseball operations for the Orioles, and worked there from 2008-2011, leaving to work for the Angels.