After losing front office talents Farhan Zaidi and Sam Geaney earlier this off-season, the Oakland A's added one in new Assistant General Manager Dan Kantrovitz. Kantrovitz joins the A's from the St. Louis Cardinals' organization, where he was the Director of Scouting the past three years. Kantrovitz has previous experience in the A's front office, having served as the organization's International Scouting Coordinator from 2009-2011.
Kantrovitz will replace Zaidi in the A's front office. Zaidi left Oakland to assume the General Manager position with the Los Angeles Dodgers last month. Kantrovitz will work alongside Assistant General Manager David Forst on managing the day-to-day baseball operations of the A's. He will have a particular focus on analytics, much like Zaidi did during his time with Oakland.
Kantrovitz brings with him a long resume of success in a relatively short period of time working in the front offices of major league organizations. He was a 25th round pick of the Cardinals in 2001 out of Brown University and was signed by then scout and current Cardinals' GM John Mozeliak. A shoulder injury cut Kantrovitz's professional playing career short after one season, but he returned to baseball a few years later when he started working for a company that did baseball analytics for major-league organizations.
In 2004, Kantrovitz was hired by the Cardinals and he spent four years working in a variety of roles for St. Louis, including as their Director of College Scouting. He joined the A's in 2009 to oversee the A's international scouting program, a position he held until the end of 2011. During that time, he helped sign several well-regarded prospects, including Renato Nunez, Jose Torres, Ronald Herrera and Sandber Pimentel.
For the past three seasons, Kantrovitz has served as the Director of Scouting for the St. Louis Cardinals. While in that position, he helped the Cardinals draft players such as Michael Wacha, Stephen Piscotty, James Ramsey, Marco Gonzales and Rowan Wick, among others.
Kantrovitz has an undergraduate degree from Brown in organizational behavior and management and a master's degree from Harvard in statistics.