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Faces of the winter meetings: Matt Klentak

Faces of the winter meetings: Matt Klentak

Philadelphia Phillies general manager Matt Klentak should be familiar to Orioles fans. He worked closely with Andy MacPhail to rebuild a long-struggling Orioles franchise before heading west to serve as assistant general manager under then-Los Angeles Angels GM Jerry Dipoto. Now, he's back working under MacPhail trying to refocus a Phillies organization that fell into decline after winning 102 games and the National League East title in 2011.

Klentak, who is taking part in the winter meetings at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, paused to reflect on the front office journey that carried him into one of the top jobs in baseball a year ago at the age of 35. It started...