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The A’s welcomed a familiar face back to their front office Monday to fill a key position.
Dan Kantrovitz was hired as an assistant general manager to fill the vacancy left by Farhan Zaidi, who left Oakland to become the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kantrovitz spent three seasons with the A’s from 2009-11, where he focused on the team’s international operations and baseball operations analysis. He then left for the St. Louis Cardinals, where he served as director of scouting from 2012-14.
He joins David Forst as an assistant G.M. under Billy Beane. Kantrovitz will be involved in all aspects of baseball operations for Oakland, with a primary emphasis on statistical analysis for evaluating free agents, potential trade targets and draft prospects. Statistical analysis was Zaidi’s key area with the A’s.
But Kantrovitz’s experience in international scouting also will be important. In October, the A’s lost their coordinator of international scouting, Sam Geaney, who left to become the San Diego Padres’ director of player development. This winter’s crop of international free agents includes some middle infielders who could be considerations for the A’s, and they’ve been linked to highly touted Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, though reports suggest other teams have emerged as front-runners for Tomas.
Like Forst, who attended Harvard, Kantrovitz comes with an Ivy League background. He earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior and management from Brown University and got his master’s in statistics from Harvard.