The Oakland A’s front office is losing a major name, as Assistant GM Dan Kantrovitz will be announced as the Chicago Cubs’ new VP of Scouting later today, first reported by Bruce Levine of 679 The Score.
A Brown graduate and former minor league shortstop, Kantrovitz began his front office career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004. After earning his master’s degree at Harvard in 2009, he joined the A’s and worked in international operations and baseball analysis. The Cardinals hired him back as their scouting director in 2012. After three years, he once again returned to Oakland, where he was named AGM. He held that position in Oakland for five seasons, from 2015-19.
In Kantrovitz, the Cubs are getting a smart baseball mind that has long been viewed as a GM candidate. He is known for his ability to blend analytics and traditional scouting. While he was the Cardinals’ scouting director, the team drafted many future big league talents, including Stephen Piscotty, Michael Wacha, Marco Gonzales, and Jack Flaherty.
The 38-year-old led Oakland’s analytics department, and in the words of the team’s official website: “He [was] 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 the amateur draft, free agent and trade markets.”
Executive VP Billy Beane and GM David Forst remain at the top of the food chain, and there are still two AGMs in Billy Owens and Dan Feinstein. The analytics department that had been led by Kantrovitz also includes Director of Baseball Systems Rob Naberhaus, Research Scientist David Jackson-Hanen, and Baseball Operations Analysts Pike Goldschmidt and Ben Lowry.
It is unknown how the A’s will fill the vacancy left by Kantrovitz. He was involved in many of Oakland’s most successful moves, including the additions of Ramón Laureano and Khris Davis, according to Melissa Lockard of The Athletic (subscription required).
Congratulations and good luck in Chicago, Dan!
For more on Kantrovitz, here’s an interview from FanGraphs from 2018.