The Angels Wednesday announced Matt Klentak (pronounced ‘klen-tack’) has agreed to terms on a multi-year deal as Assistant General Manager, focusing on all aspects of baseball operations. Klentak will work closely with General Manager Jerry Dipoto and Scott Servais, Assistant General Manager, Scouting & Player Development. Klentak will join the Angels organization next week.
Klentak, 31, joins the Angels from the Baltimore Orioles where he served as Director of Baseball Operations since March of 2008. In that role, he assisted President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail in scouting, player development and contract negotiations.
Prior to his time in Baltimore, Klentak spent the previous four years working in Major League Baseball's Labor Relations Department, where he provided advice and interpretations on the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBS) and Major League Rules to all 30 Major League teams. He was also a key member of the MLB Collective Bargaining team that successfully negotiated a second consecutive CBA without a work stoppage in 2006.
Before joining the Commissioner's Office, Klentak spent the 2003 season in the Baseball Operations Department of the Colorado Rockies. While there, he gained experience in video and advance scouting, coordinated the inflow of all amateur scouting reports and authored several baseball and financial analyses throughout the season.
A native of Medfield, MA, Klentak graduated in 2002 with a degree in Economics from Dartmouth College, where he was a four-year baseball letterman, three-year starting shortstop and team captain his senior year. The Big Green won two Ivy League Red Rolfe Division championships (2000 and 2001) during his playing days. Klentak and his wife, Lauren, currently reside in Baltimore.