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Oakland A's asst. GM Dan Kantrovitz finalist in Phillies GM search, reports

The Athletics assistant general manager joins executives from the Angels and Rays in the finalist pool.

Oakland Athletics assistant general manager Dan Kantrovitz is among the final three candidates for the general manager opening with the Philadelphia Phillies, tweets Philadelphia Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki. Joining Kantrovitz in the finalist pool are Los Angeles Angels assistant general manager Matt Klentak and Tampa Bay Rays vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom.

The A's brought Kantrovitz on board as an assistant general manager last November after Farhan Zaidi left the A's to become general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers under president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. Dan Kantrovitz was the scouting director for the St. Louis Cardinals, and previously was in charge of international scouting for the Athletics.

Kantrovitz is currently the only assistant general manager in the A's organization following David Forst's promotion to general manager. According to his bio in the 2015 A's Media Guide, Kantrovitz "is involved in all aspects of the A's baseball operations department with a primary focus on overseeing statistical analysis for evaluating and targeting players in amateur draft, free agent and trade markets."

The A's previously had permitted Kantrovitz to interview for the Brewers general manager position that was ultimately awarded to David Stearns. Kantrovitz has already been through two rounds of interviews with the Phillies, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.