The Padres, you may recall, are still in the market for a new GM after parting ways with Josh Byrnes. With so many names being tossed around — all amid the latest trade deadline rumors – it can be difficult to keep track of things. Now that the club is beginning to select second-round interview candidates, it seems worthwhile to round up the candidates and see where things stand.
The club is expected to sit down with about a dozen people before narrowing it further and ultimately installing a new GM in August. We’ll keep track of the candidates here by splitting them into categories below, and we’ll post the latest news updates here at the top of this post…
- San Diego may be interested in hiring former GM Kevin Towers to a senior advisor position if Towers is fired by the D’backs, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). The report appears to imply that Towers would not be in consideration for the actual GM post, which the club is expected to fill in relatively short order anyway.
- The Padres have informed Larry Beinfest that he is out of the running, as their preference is to hire an up-and-coming GM, tweets Scott Miller of FOX Sports San Diego and MLB Network Radio.
Still in the running
- Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller (also the first candidate who is reported to have been selected for a second interview)
- Padres assistant GM Josh Stein
- MLB senior VP of baseball operations Kim Ng
- Diamondbacks director of scouting Ray Montgomery
- Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler
- Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen
Interviewed, but no longer a candidate
- Dodgers VP of amateur scouting Logan White, per Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (via Twitter).
- Former Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, per Scott Miller of FOX Sports San Diego and MLB Network Radio (Twitter link).
Declined the opportunity to interview
- Padres assistant GM A.J. Hinch
- Padres senior VP of baseball operations Omar Minaya
- Cardinals assistant GM Mike Girsch
- Cubs senior VP Jason McLeod
- Athletics assistant GM David Forst
- Indians assistant GM Mike Chernoff