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October 23, 2015

Report: Phillies down to three finalists for general manager position

While some of the names that were reportedly interviewed for the job made up a fairly diverse group, it seems as if the Phillies have a type when it comes to their GM search. That is what’s Todd Zolecki is reporting, anyway:

A quick rundown of the candidates:

•    We profiled Matt Klentak here. He has ties to Phillies president Andy MacPhail from their time in the Baltimore Orioles organization. For the last four years, he has worked as an assistant general manger for the Los Angeles Angels. Klentak, formerly of the MLB’s Labor Relations Department, is reportedly talented at drawing up contracts.

•    Dan Kantrovitz is an assistant general manger for the Oakland Athletics. Like Klentak, he was a shortstop at an Ivy League school (Brown, as opposed to Dartmouth). From 2012-2014, Kantrovitz worked as director of scouting for the St. Louis Cardinals. His predecessor in that position was Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow.

•    Chaim Bloom is a Philadelphia native who is the vice president of baseball operations for the Tampa Bay Rays. One of us, one of us! Bloom, who has been with the Rays organization for a decade, also interviewed for the Brewers GM job last month (as did Kantrovitz).

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