Former Phillies general manager Matt Klentak joins Brewers front office, originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Former Phillies general manager Matt Klentak is joining the Milwaukee Brewers front office as a special assistant, according to The Athletic.
Klentak had two years left on his contract when he was let go as general manager of the Phillies after the 2020 season and has remained with the organization for the final 15 months, but not in a decision-making role. His title was Strategy & Development Officer, a newly created position.
Klentak spent five seasons as general manager of the Phillies, 2016-20. The Phillies hired him four months after appointing Andy MacPhail as club president. The team improved by 14 wins from 2017 to 2018, but couldn’t reach a winning record during his tenure despite being Top 10 in salary caps for the past two years.
Under the Klentak-MacPhail front office, the Phillies signed Bryce Harper and Zack Wheeler and acquired JT Realmuto. They also splashed the cash on Jake Arrieta, Carlos Santana, Michael Saunders and others, failed to build a quality bullpen, and sniffed out several high draft picks, including first overall pick. in 2016.
MacPhail’s contract expired after the 2021 season. Of this regime, only former assistant general manager Ned Rice remains in an administrative role under Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.
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