PHILADELPHIA – The Phillies signed Bryce Harper to a 13-year, $330 million contract in February, capping an exhilarating offseason as the organization pushed to make the postseason for the first time since 2011.
But the Phillies made one more significant move before Opening Day. They rewarded general manager Matt Klentak for his offseason efforts, which included the acquisitions of Harper, J.T. Realmuto, Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura and David Robertson. The Athletic reported Wednesday that Klentak signed a three-year contract extension in March, carrying him through the 2022 season. The Phillies have not commented on the report
Phillies president Andy MacPhail signed a three-year extension the previous year, taking him through the 2021 season.
Phillies managing partner John Middleton, MacPhail, Klentak and manager Gabe Kapler, who is signed through 2020, have been in lockstep the past two seasons as the Phillies try to make the postseason in Klentak’s fourth season as general manager. They have preached patience and a strong belief in their practices and processes, even during their recent struggles.
The Phillies enter Wednesday night’s game against the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park at 49-46 and 8 1/2 games behind the Braves in third place in the National League East. But if the season ended Tuesday, the Phillies would have qualified for the postseason as the second NL Wild Card. Five other teams are within three games of that spot.