Matt Arnold leaves Rays to become Brewers assistant GM
UPDATE, 8:51: Rays baseball operations president Matt Silverman said, "While it's difficult to lose talented employees to other teams, we are excited for Matt and the opportunity ahead of him in Milwaukee."
No decisions have been made yet on replacing Arnold, though the Rays are likely to look first internally.
DEVELOPING: The Rays lost a key member of their front office as player personnel director Matt Arnold was named VP and assistant GM of the Brewers.
Arnold had been with the Rays since 2007, working in all aspects of baseball operations including scouting, contract negotiations and player acquisitions.
"While leaving an incredible organization in Tampa Bay, I am excited and eternally grateful for the opportunity join the Brewers family," Arnold said in a statement. "I am delighted at the prospect of building upon a dynamic environment and facing the challenges ahead together with Mark (Attanasio), David (Stearns), Doug (Melvin), Craig (Counsell) and the baseball operations department. Through hard work, curiosity, and creativity, I intend to work tirelessly with our talented group to bring a championship to Milwaukee."
Stearns was recently hired to replace Melvin; Rays VP Chaim Bloom also interviewed for that job. Arnold, 36, had also spoken to the Marlins about a position in their front office. He worked previously for the Dodgers, Rangers and Reds.
"I am thrilled to bring Matt on board," said Stearns. "Matt has touched nearly every aspect of baseball operations during his impressive career. He has the ability to impact our organization across the entire baseball operations spectrum and will be an integral part of our operation."
Arnold joined the Rays as a scout, then in November 2009 was promoted to director of pro scouting and then to player personnel director last June. Per the Brewers release, his responsibilities with the Rays also included overseeing "the integration of science, biomechanics and human movement analysis within baseball operations at all levels."
Executive VP Andrew Friedman left the Rays last October and took over the Dodgers, where he reunited with Gerry Hunsicker, who had also been with the Rays.