Just like the Ruben Grinder, at Klentak's Korner we track each of Phillies general manager Matt Klentak's transactions, trades, signings, releases, and basically any major move the Phillies general manager makes.
But first, here's a little background on the 11th Phillies GM:
Matt Klentak was born and raised in Medfield, Massachusetts.
Klentak graduated in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in economics from Dartmouth College. Klentak was the starting shortstop at Dartmouth and served as the team captain his senior year. “From a scouting perspective," Klentak shared, "I had reasonably good, fast hands; a strong throwing arm; could run okay; but I couldn’t lay off breaking balls. I batted ninth for most of my career.”
2003: Theo Epstein, the general manager of the Boston Red Sox at the time, helped land Klentak an internship in baseball operations with the Colorado Rockies.
2004: Klentak worked in the Commissioner’s Office in 2004 with a part-time job in the Labor Relations department and worked his way into a full-time position as Senior Coordinator in Salary and Contract Administration.
Feb 26, 2008: Named as Director of Baseball Operations for the Baltimore Orioles, where he assisted President of Baseball Ops, Andy MacPhail.
November 23, 2011: Became the assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Angels.
October 26, 2015: Klentak was officially named Vice President & General Manager of the Phillies. At the age of 35, Klentak became youngest GM in Phillies history.
November 14: Acquired right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for rookie league right-hander Sam McWilliams.
December 1: Claimed right-hander Michael Mariot off waivers from the Kansas City Royals.
December 2: Claimed outfielder Peter Bourjos off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.
December 9: Signed right-hander David Hernandez to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.
December 10: Selected Tyler Goeddel and Daniel Stumpf in the Rule 5 Draft
December 12: Acquired right-hander Charlie Morton from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for single-A right-hander David Whitehead.
December 12: Traded right-hander Ken Giles and rookie league infielder Jonathan Arauz to the Houston Astros in exchange for right-hander Vince Velasquez, left-hander Brett Oberholtzer, double-A right-hander Mark Appel, rookie league right-hander Thomas Eshelman, and single-A right-hander Harold Arauz.
December 17: Signed free agent right-handed pitchers Andrew Bailey and Edward Mujica to minor league contracts with invitations to attend major league camp as non-roster invitees.
January 29: Claimed left-hander Bobby LaFromboise off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
February 3: Acquired right-hander Yoervis Medina from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for left-hander Jesse Biddle.
March 25: Signed manager Pete Mackanin to a new two-year contract covering the 2016 and 2017 seasons, with a club option for the 2018 season.
June 1: Acquired infielder/outfielder Jimmy Paredes from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations.
June 9: Selected outfielder Mickey Moniak with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft.
November 7: Acquired right-handed pitcher Pat Neshek from the Houston Astros in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations (believe they accepted cash) and exercised Neshek's club option for the 2017 season.
November 11: Acquired outfielder/infielder Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for first baseman Darin Ruf and triple-A second baseman Darnell Sweeney.
November 18: Added the following players to the 40-man roster:
Single- A right-hander Drew Anderson
Triple-A right-hander Mark Appel
Double-A outfielder Dylan Cozens
Single-A right-hander Elniery Garcia
Triple-A catcher Andrew Knapp
Triple-A right-hander Ben Lively
Double-A right-hander Ricardo Pinto
Triple-A r right-hander Nick Pivetta
Single-A right-hander Alberto Tirado
Triple-A second baseman Jesmuel Valentin
Oufielder Nick Williams
November 18: Designated right-handers David Buchanan and Jimmy Cordero for assignment.
December 2: Claimed left-handed pitcher David Rollins off waivers from the Texas Rangers.
December 6: Signed right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit to a one-year, $7.5 million contract.
December 12: Signed four players to minor league contracts with invitations to attend major league spring training as non-roster invitees:
Triple-A/MLB left-hander Sean Burnett
Korean league infielder Hector Gomez
Triple-A/MLB infielder Pedro Florimon
Triple-A/MLB outfielder Daniel Nava
December 14: Re-signed infielder Andrés Blanco to a one-year, $3 million contract.
December 15: Signed center fielder Odubel Herrera to a five-year, $30.5 million contract through the 2021 season, plus club options in 2022 ($11.5 million with $2.5 million buyout) and 2023 ($12.5 million with $1 million buyout).
December 20: Acquired right-hander Clay Buchholz from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for single-A minor league second baseman Josh Tobias.
January 19: Signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a one-year, $8 million contract with a $11 million club option and $1 million buyout for the 2018 season.
April 5: Double-A outfielder Tyler Goeddel selected off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds.
April 22: Acquired infielder/outfielder Ty Kelly from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations.
May 11: Signed manager Pete Mackanin to a new two-year contract, extending him through the 2018 season, with a club option for the 2019 season.
June 12: Selected 21-year-old University of Virginia outfielder Adam Haseley in the first round (8th overall) of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft.
June 20: Designated outfielder Michael Saunders and reliever Jeanmar Gomez for assignment (both released June 24).
July 26: Traded reliever Pat Neshek to the Rockies for single-A shortstop Jose Gomez (ranked as Rockies' 21st best prospect by MLBPipeline.com at time of trade) and single-A right-handers Alejandro Requena and J.D. Hammer.
July 28: Traded Howie Kendrick and cash to the Nationals for single-A left-hander McKenzie Mills (ranked as Nationals' 18th best prospect by MLBPipeline.com at time of trade) and international bonus pool money.
July 28: Traded Jeremy Hellickson and cash to the Orioles for outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, double-A left-hander Garrett Cleavinger and international bonus pool money. Phillies claimed roughly $1 million total in international bonus pool money with both trades.
July 31: Traded right-hander Joaquin Benoit and cash considerations to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for single-A right-hander Seth McGarry.
August 31: Claimed right-hander Juan Nicasio off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
September 6: Traded right-hander Juan Nicasio to the St. Louis Cardinals for 2B Eliezer Alvarez.
September 29: Fired Pete Mackanin as manager, but will remain with Phillies as a special assistant to the general manager.comments powered by Disqus