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Phillies GM rumors: Matt Klentak, Dan Kantrovitz, Chaim Bloom named finalists

The team has narrowed their search to three first-time general manager candidates.

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After a long and wide-ranging series of interviews, the Phillies have narrowed their search for a new general manager to a field of three finalists. According to reports, Philadelphia will choose from Angels assistant general manager Matt Klentak, Athletics assistant GM Dan Kantrovitz and Rays VP of baseball operations Chaim Bloom, with an announcement expected in the near future.

None of the three finalists has been a general manager before, meaning the Phillies will be joining the Brewers (David Stearns), Angels (Billy Eppler), Tigers (Al Avila) and Red Sox (Mike Hazen) as teams to hire first-time general managers this year. Philadelphia has also considered J.J. Picollo, Kim Ng, Matt Slater, Ross Atkins, Jim Hendry, Larry Beinfest and Ben Cherington in their search.

Klentak previously worked under Phillies president Andy MacPhail in Baltimore, and was considered a candidate for the openings in Anaheim and Milwaukee earlier this fall. If he joins the Phillies, he would follow ex-Angels front office members Jerry Dipoto, Scott Servais and Tim Bogar out of Anaheim.

Kantrovitz also interviewed for the Brewers opening this fall and has long been considered one of the top general manager candidates in the game. Bloom is a Yale graduate who has been with the Rays since February 2005.