With the trade deadline fast approaching, the Padres search to fill their GM vacancy will be front and center in San Diego. Tom Krasovic of the Union Tribune offers his thoughts on the Friars’ GM hunt.
- Larry Beinfest – the first candidate officially interviewed for the position – has previous experience with a similar low-to-mid budget team – the Miami Marlins. Beinfest’s best attribute may be his “flair for administrative detail.”
- Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler makes for an interesting candidate because he’s well connected around the league. That should assist him in building a successful staff.
- Other names mentioned by Krasovic include former Cubs GM Jim Hendry, Twins VP of Player Personnel Mike Radcliff, former Astros GM Gerry Hunsicker, and Dodgers VP of Amateur Scouting Logan White.
- In an unrelated bit of Padres news, the club has selected the contract of utility man Irving Falu and optioned infielder Jace Peterson. Falu, who was claimed from the Brewers earlier this week, is a career .303/.333/.384 hitter over 107 major league plate appearances. The 31-year-old had no hits in 12 plate appearances for the Brewers this season, but performed well in Triple-A.