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Brewers assistant GM Matt Arnold finalist for Pirates General Manager opening, per report

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Arnold could depart for a division rival

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The New York Post is reporting that Milwaukee Brewers assistant GM Matt Arnold is one of three finalists for the Pittsburgh Pirates GM opening. One of the other candidates is former Boston Red Sox GM Ben Cherington and the final candidate isn’t listed.

Pittsburgh fired its last GM on Oct. 28, leaving a wealth of positions to fill when team president Frank Coonelly resigned and the team fired Clint Hurdle. With all of those openings, there’s also a chance that Arnold could dip back into the Brewers’ organization to fill his staff.

Arnold started the assistant GM job with David Stearns in 2015. Before that, he was with the Tampa Bay Rays. He started in baseball in 2000. Nearly ten years later, Arnold was named the Rays’ director of pro scouting. Arnold has specialized in several roles over his career, including financial planning, arbitration, and biomechanics and human movement.

When the San Francisco Giants hired Scott Harris as GM, that left the Pirates’ spot as the final opening. That means if Arnold doesn’t get hired in Pittsburgh, he’ll certainly be a Brewer again in 2020; however, that likely won’t last much longer.