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Phillies hire Matt Klentak as general manager

The 34-year old will replace Ruben Amaro Jr., who was fired before the end of the season.

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The Phillies will hire Matt Klentak as their next general manager, according to a report from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Klentak, who was serving as the Angels' assistant general manager, will likely be introduced on Monday.

Klentak was known to be one of three finalists for the Phillies job, along with Rays VP of baseball operations Chaim Bloom and Athletics assistant general manager Dan Kantrovitz. Philadelphia also considered Kim Ng, Matt Slater, Ross Atkins, Jim Hendry, J.J. Picollo, Larry Beinfest and Ben Cherington in their search to replace Ruben Amaro Jr.

Klentak is the latest member of the Angels' front office to leave the organization, joining Jerry Dipoto, Scott Servais and Tim Bogar, who all joined the Mariners in recent weeks. The Halos recently hired Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler as their new general manager.

Klentak, a Dartmouth graduate, was long considered a strong candidate for the Phillies job due to his familiarity with new team president Andy MacPhail, who hired Klentak as the Orioles director of baseball operations in 2008.

Klentak, 34, also interviewed for the Angels opening this offseason and was considered a candidate in Milwaukee as well. He joins Eppler (Angels), David Stearns (Brewers), Mike Hazen (Red Sox) and Al Avila (Tigers) as first-time general managers to gain jobs this year.