Angels hire 31-year-old Matt Klentak as assistant GM
New Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto hired a second assistant GM on Wednesday, adding former Baltimore Orioles director of baseball operations Matt Klentak to a front-office team that includes assistant GM Scott Servais, who was hired from the Texas Rangers.
Klentak, 31, will focus on all aspects of baseball operations and work closely with Dipoto and Servais. Since March of 2008 Klentak has assisted Baltimore president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail in scouting, player development and contract negotiations.
Before joining the Orioles, Klentak spent four years in Major League Baseball's labor relations department, where he provided advice and interpretations on the collective bargaining agreement and on baseball rules to all 30 clubs. He spent 2003 in the Colorado Rockies' baseball operations department, where he gained experience in video and advance scouting.
Klentak, a native of Medfield, Mass., graduated in 2002 with a degree in economics from Dartmouth College, where he was a four-year baseball letterman and three-year starting shortstop. He will join the Angels next week.
-- Mike DiGiovanna
Photo: Jerry Dipoto, right, Mike Scioscia. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press.