The Cubs offseason of change (or accountability (or whatever we’re calling it today)) is officially underway, even as most of the actual movement has been off-field/non-player-related stuff (new manager, new bench coach, some front office shuffling, etc.). And to that end, the Cubs may have a big, new hiring to announce later today for a relatively important position.
Check it out:
Breaking news – Cubs will name Dan Kantrovitz their new VP of scouting later today . Kantrovitz was asst GM of Oakland last vice years 2012-14 director of scouting for Cards . ( Flaherty – Kelly – Weaver )
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) November 13, 2019
Dan Kantrovitz is reportedly the Cubs new VP of Scouting. Congrats to him!
And congrats to the Cubs for getting someone (1) from outside the organization and (2) with plenty of high-level experience. As Levine points out, Kantrovitz has been the A’s assistant GM for the past five years, after previously spending three seasons in St. Louis as the Director of Scouting. And if that time-frame is ringing a bell, note that Kantrovitz was apparently not part of the Cardinals’ (Astros-hacking) scandal:
And while I can’t speak directly toward his work in Oakland – we just don’t have much visibility there – I can say it’s nice to see the Cubs poaching from a smart team/front office. Kantrovitz has been an up-and-coming “future GM type” for a while now, even landing among the three finalists for the Phillies open GM gig back in 2015.
I can also add that Kantrovitz’s draft history with the Cardinals isn’t half-bad, either. And any knowledge he can bring over on that front certainly doesn’t hurt.
As a matter of fact, the Cardinals apparently tried to get Kantrovitz back this offseason, but didn’t quite offer him as good of a position:
#Cardinals had spoken to Kantrovitz, a front office free agent this winter and STL native, about a return to their club, but it would have been in an advisor/special assistant role.
He definitely got a better offer here. https://t.co/elUlGeDQeG
— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) November 13, 2019
We’ll have more on this later today/whenever the Cubs make an announcement, but for now, I can tell you that Kantrovitz, who’s replacing Matt Dorey (who shifted over to the director of player development), graduated from Brown University before getting his Master’s degree at Harvard and has at least some speciality in machine learning and algorithms (which is hilariously vague, but sounds cool).
The Cubs front office is undergoing massive changes, but this is one that appears easy to like.
UPDATE: A little additional confirmation …
Confirmed: Cubs have hired Dan Kantrovitz as scouting director (replacing Matt Dorey, who had moved to farm director job).
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) November 13, 2019