The Oakland Athletics have hired Dan Feinstein away from the Tampa Bay Rays, according to a tweet from the team’s official account. Feinstein had served as the Rays director of baseball operations, he will now serve as the A’s director of pro scouting and baseball development.
In his previous role, Feinstein served under Andrew Friedman, the Ray’s executive vice president of baseball operations, as well as Gerry Hunsicker, the team’s senior vice president of baseball operations. He will now serve under Athletics vice president and general manager Billy Beane. Feinstein has been part of the executive team that has helped turn the Rays from perennial cellar dwellers into one of the American League’s top teams. Despite having a small market payroll, the Rays have managed to use an influx of home grown talent to go 368-215 since 2008. The club has drawn many comparisons to Billy Bean’s Oakland Athletics team of the earlier 2000’s that managed to game the system in order to win with a depleted payroll.