Matt Klentak steps down as Phillies GM; reassigned
Matt Klentak is no longer the GM of the Philadelphia Phillies. It was announced today that Klentak will be stepping down as the team’s general manager. He will however, still remain in the organization and be assigned another position.
In five years as Phillies GM, Klentak was 326-380. He failed to have a winning season despite spending record amounts of money on player salaries.
“I have stated publicly that winning is what matters, not just in Philadelphia but in all cities and in all sports,” said Phillies Managing Partner John Middleton. “While Matt made many significant contributions to the organization, we did not accomplish our goal of playing baseball in October. Consequently, we have mutually agreed to allow new leadership to head Baseball Operations.”
“While I am disappointed that we failed to reach our ultimate goal, I am nevertheless very proud of the progress that this organization made over the last five years and of the people who worked so hard to make it happen,” said Klentak. “I am grateful for all of the support that I received along the way from Phillies ownership, friends and colleagues, and our loyal Phillies fans.”
The Phillies will now enter the next phase of the offseason and hopefully look to re-sign free agents JT Realmuto and Didi Gregorius while bolstering their historically bad bullpen.
Ned Rice will serve as interim general manager until a permanent successor is hired to oversee the team’s Baseball Operations.