The Philadelphia Phillies announced today that they elected to not extend general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. for the 2016 season, effective immediately.
Basically, what this means is that Amaro is out as the Phillies' general manager, without the team outright firing him.
Philadelphia announced that assistant general manager Scott Proefrock will take over as interim GM. The team's search for a new permanent GM will begin today, the press release said.
Amaro is just the first domino to fall in what will likely be a multitude of changes in the Phillies front office. With Andy MacPhail stepping in as team president following the season, it is expected that he will clean the house and put his touch on the organization.
The 50-year-old Amaro became the Phillies general manager starting in 2009. His first three seasons were successful, leading the team to playoff appearances in each, including National League Championship in 2009.
Following a 2011 season when Philadelphia set the record for most single-season wins in team history with 102, the Phillies took a step downward from their previous prowess. Many overpaid veterans, including Ryan Howard, Cliff Lee, and Carlos Ruiz, as well as others, constituted into quite a fall for the team, who has since been one of the worst in the NL.
As the Phillies struggle to a 54-86 record thus far this season, Amaro's tenure looked to be coming to an end with the team. Despite a seemingly successful trade deadline, acquiring top prospects such as Jorge Alfaro, Nick Williams, and Jake Thompson for Cole Hamels, and making other "solid" deals, it just appeared that enough was enough for the Phillies' top brass.
One candidate for the possible permanent GM position is Angels' assistant general manager Matt Klentak, who has been connected to Philadelphia more than once.