Report: Klentak to the Angels?

According to ESPN’s Keith Law, current Orioles director of baseball operations Matt Klentak is likely to bolt for Anaheim, where he interviewed for the Angels assistant general manager job.

Dan Duquette, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations, confirmed that Klentak interviewed and would be able to take the position if it was offered to him. So far, there’s no word from the Angels side on any official decision.  Highly regarded in the Orioles organization –and around baseball — Klentak is seen as an up-and-coming front office executive and he’s been instrumental in the team’s structuring of contracts, arbitration cases and the 40-man roster.

Klentak, 31, worked on the 2006 Collective Bargaining Agreement and helped advised teams on the rules which is where he met  Andy MacPhail, who hired him to work as part of Baltimore’s front office in ’08.  While MacPhail chose to not seek a contract extension this season, Klentak was an integral part of the Orioles interview process and was singled out by both Duquette and manager Buck Showalter for  his part in the process.

It’s unknown what a possible Klentak departure would do to an Orioles front office that is already in a state of flux. Duquette has been interviewing scouting director candidates and said at his initial press conference that he hoped to have most of the new hires in the front office in place before next month’s Winter Meetigns. It’s unknown who, or how many, people Duquette wants to bring to work with him in Baltimore

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