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Brewers promote Matt Arnold to GM

The highly coveted executive, who had been a prime candidate for other clubs’ GM jobs in recent years, gets a promotion.

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The Brewers have promoted assistant general manager Matt Arnold to senior vice president and general manager, the team announced Thursday. Arnold will continue to report to president of baseball operations David Stearns, with Stearns saying the move “formalizes” their existing front office structure.

For now, this move seems like a win-win situation for both sides, as Arnold gets the public recognition he’s long deserved for his role in shaping Milwaukee’s roster, while the Brewers no longer have to worry about him being snatched up to fill another team’s GM vacancy. He had been a popular candidate for other clubs’ general manager positions in recent seasons.

The 41-year-old Arnold is yet another Andrew Friedman disciple who has gone on to become a prominent executive. After beginning his career with stints in the Dodgers, Rangers, and Reds organizations, Arnold got most of his formative executive experience under Friedman in the Rays organization from 2007-15. After topping out as Tampa’s director of player personnel, Arnold was hired as the Brewers’ assistant GM following the 2015 season and has played a major role in the construction of a Brewers club that has gone to the playoffs for three straight seasons and finished over .500 in every season since 2017.