Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe had the story first, but now, various other outlets have also reported that Matt Klentak will be the next general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Klentak's hiring has been long-rumored, as he was the first name to jump out as a potential front office hire when the Phillies announced that they would hand the baseball operations over to Andy MacPhail. After those early reports, Klentak's name sort of disappeared as the Phillies went through a laundry list of other candidate interviews, but in the end, he again emerged as the favorite.
Klentak has served as the assistant GM of the Angels for the past four seasons under Jerry DiPoto, who left abruptly this past Summer. Klentak was a candidate to move into the Angels' GM position, but they decided instead to go with Yankees assistant Billy Eppler. Prior to joining the Angels, Klentak served as the Baltimore Orioles director of baseball operations under MacPhail, who hired him away from Major League Baseball in 2008. While with MLB, Klentak worked closely on the 2006 Collective Bargaining Agreement and is said to be well-versed in drafting player contracts.
The Phillies fired Ruben Amaro Jr. late in the season after he served as their general manager since taking over for Pat Gillick following the 2008 season.
Reports on Friday said that the Phillies had cut their list of candidates down to just three, including Klentak, Dan Kantrovince (Oakland) and Chaim Bloom (Tampa Bay). MacPhail's perfect timeline had the Phillies hiring Amaro's replacement prior to the organizational meetings in Clearwater, which technically begin on Monday, but aren't into full swing until Tuesday. It appears that MacPhail may have met that timeline, as it's likely that Klentak will be introduced to the media on Monday in Philadelphia, prior to he and MacPhail heading for Clearwater to lead the organizational meetings.