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Dan Feinstein Leaves Tampa Bay Rays For Oakland

The Tampa Bay Rays just lost a player off their front office depth chart today, as Director of Baseball Operations Dan Feinstein has accepted a job with the Oakland Atheletics as their Director of Scouting/Baseball Development.

Feinstein never got many accolades from the general public, but he's had a huge role behind the scenes in the Rays' front office. He was the next man in line to fill the role of General Manager if Andrew Friedman went anywhere, but thankfully the Rays still have a very strong core of talent in their front office. Losing Feinstein hurts them, but it's by no means a maiming blow.

Press release below the jump.

Rays Director of Baseball Operations Dan Feinstein has been named director of professional scouting/baseball development for the Oakland A's.

A native of Lafayette, Calif., Feinstein returns to the A's, where he served the team in a variety of capacities from 1994 to 2004, including the role of assistant, amateur scouting and video coordinator. The University of California at Davis graduate assisted Rays Executive Vice president of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, in all aspects of Tampa Bay's baseball operations department, including contract negotiations, arbitration and trade analysis, as well as the interpretation of major league rules and overseeing the department's budgets.

"Dan has been an integral part of the growth and development of our baseball operations department over the past six seasons," said Friedman. "We are incredibly grateful for his time here and wish him great success in Oakland in his new role."

"My time with the Rays is something I will always cherish," Feinstein said. "I'm grateful to have worked with incredibly talented people and to have shared in the Rays success. At the same time, I'm excited to return to the Bay Area and serve an organization that, like the Rays, is progressive and innovative in all aspects of its baseball operation."

Prior to joining the Rays, Feinstein served as coordinator, baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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