29. Matt Quatraro, Kansas City Royals
Quatraro probably isn’t a household name to the casual baseball fan, but this hire makes sense. With manager Mike Matheny and longtime executive Dayton Moore gone following a sixth straight losing season, it’s a new era in Kansas City. Quatraro comes over from Tampa Bay, where he served as bench coach and has experience with small-market success. He’s also a champion of analytics. Which the new Royals’ brass hope is the key to restoring success for a franchise that made back-to-back World Series appearances in ’14 and ’15, and winning the latter.
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