NOVEMBER 23: The Padres have issued a statement regarding Dee’s departure. It reads: “The Padres and Mike Dee have amicably parted ways. We thank Mike for his contributions and wish him and his family all the best. Consistent with our policy not to comment on personnel matters, we have no further comment.”
“I wish to thank Ron Fowler and Peter Seidler for the opportunity to lead the Padres over the last three years,” says Dee. “I wish them and the entire organization well in what I believe is a very bright future that lies ahead.”
OCTOBER 13: Team sources insist that the move on Dee was not related to the health disclosure controversy, Lin reports in a further update on the story. Though Seidler recently defended Dee, who was under contract for at least another year, it seems that other factors were at play.
San Diego will not be hiring a president of baseball operations over Preller, Lin adds, though it’s also not clear whether Dee’s role — in which he oversaw business and baseball ops — will be occupied fully by a single new hire. The Padres also fired vice president of strategy and innovation Ryan Gustafson, per the report.
OCTOBER 12, 5:14pm: The Padres also dismissed senior advisor Randy Smith yesterday, Lin reports (via Twitter). Smith had spent more than two decades in the Padres organization, though not all in succession. The veteran baseball exec was the Padres’ GM back from 1993-95 (initially named GM at the age of 29) and spent the 1996-2001 seasons as the Tigers’ general manager. In his most recent run in San Diego, Smith had served as the Padres’ VP of player development and director of player development in addition to at one point overseeing the club’s international operations. He’d been a senior advisor to Preller for the past two seasons. The decision to dismiss Smith, according to Lin, is unrelated to Dee’s departure.
Additionally, Lin tweets that while there’s been some speculation of this nature, the Padres won’t hire a president of baseball operations. That would, of course, effectively be a demotion for Preller, but it would seem there’s no such plan at this time.
12:10pm: The Padres have parted ways with president and CEO Mike Dee, according to a report from Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune which the team has confirmed in an announcement. He had held down his role since 2013.
It remains unclear at this point what precipitated the move and just how Dee’s departure came about. The move was not spurred directly by the recent controversy surrounding the organization’s failure to disclose medical information in trade talks, Lin reports. An investigation from Major League Baseball led to the thirty-day suspension of general manager A.J. Preller, but the club has stood by him. Today’s news also doesn’t change Preller’s status, according to Lin, who writes that the controversial GM isn’t in danger of losing his job.
Still, that episode my have played a role. As Lin adds (Twitter links), the embarrassing suspension of the team’s top baseball operations man may have functioned as a “tipping point.” But other areas of discord had evidently already eroded the relationship between Dee and the ownership group.
All said, the departure represents another jolt to a club that has seen its fair share of turmoil of late. “My goal and our organization’s objective is to have stability and long-term tenure in our front office, but sometimes these changes are inevitable,” said Padres managing partner Peter Seidler.
Dee’s job duties, which included hiring Preller and running numerous important business initiatives, were obviously of critical importance to the Friars. “Mike’s departure creates a position we will need to fill, and the search will begin immediately,” executive chairman Ron Fowler said. “In the meantime, we will work closely with our talented and trusted senior executives to lead the organization forward.”
Initial reaction = Byeeeeeee.
But in all honesty, the guy got a lot done. Wasn’t always grassroots but at least he had a vision. Plus he gave us Preller, which was no doubt a risky hire.
In any case, it’s refreshing to see Fowler and Seidler moving on this, not to mention Seidler calling it “inevitable” lol.
The Adrian Beltre
I’m Mike D. and I get respect
Your cash and your jewelry is what I expect
M.C.A. was with it and he’s my ace
So I grabbed the piano player and I punched him in the face
The piano player’s out the music stopped
His boy had beef and he got dropped
Mike D. grabbed the money M.C.A. snatched the gold
I grabbed two girlies and a beer that’s cold.
damn it, I was gonna make a Beastie Boys joke!
Anytime Mike Dee appeared on the local radio station in San Diego they’d play a Beastie Boys song lol
You Can’t, You Won’t And You Don’t Stop
Mike D Come On And Rock The Sure Shot
Just Another Fan
Soooo, you don’t fire Preller, you fire the guy that hired Preller….interesting but ultimately a silly way to conduct business.
Preller needs to go…each move has been a joke except the illegal pomz trade
This is not accurate at all.
Padres acquired Pomeranz and Jose Torres from the Athletics for Yonder Alonso and Marc Rzepczynski…was that a bad move? What about the trade where they traded Craig Kimbrel and received Manny Margot, Javier Guerra, Logan Allen, and Carlos Asuaje? What about the signings of Ryan Buchter and Ryan Schimpf on minor league deals? I can go on, but these are just a few examples of his successes and not making a bunch of “joke” moves
How is that Trea Turner deal looking
It’s looking like Wil Myers.
LOL its looking like disty baker is gonna destroy another young arm in joe ross whos got shoulder issues like his brother and that trea turner hit an unsustainable .389 BABIP as in hes gonna regress. Meanwhile myers hit a much more sustainable .305 BABIP.
So it looks like the deal was a wil myers for trea turner which is a win win esp if the padres get myers on a team friendly deal or trade high on him.
Rather have Trea Turner then guy who whiffed 90 times and hit .210 on road. Turner has much bigger upside
Turner has never posted a BABIP below .380 at any level of professional baseball. That’s what elite speed will do for you.
Turner is a shortstop who can also play center field or second base. Much rather have those elite decisions filled than a first baseman, which are much easier to find.
As far as the BABIP thing, Turner has never posted a BABIP below .380 at any level of professional baseball. That’s what happens when you have elite speed.
And Turner is 4 years younger.
For the win!!! Preller got fleece on that trade.
Even more Turner is a SS
How about turning down Michael Fulmer for Justin Upton at the deadline? The original Kemp trade? Firing Bud Black for not being able to get a slapped together team to function as a unit? Trea Turner (SS which they need badly) and Joe Ross (solid #3) for an oft injured LF. Who he then decided would play CF (which didn’t matter because he had a season ending injury shortly after the season began.) Now Myers is a 1st baseman. A very solid hitter but his bat is not elite for his position. There are at least 9-10 better hitters at 1st. Plus Steamer is predicting regression to 23-24 hr next season. Solid for a LF but a bit light for 1st. Before you point to the Kimbrel return first we have to see how those youngsters perform in the show. Besides Andrew Miller (who didn’t become great until he switched to relieving years after the trade) D.D. didn’t trade any prospects that became stars when he was with Detroit. A couple became solid for awhile (Infante, Furbush) but overall DD only seemed to trade prospects that never amounted to much even though some were very highly regarded like Jacob Turner. Plus, he could have gotten a return somewhere between Chapman’s and Miller’s had Preller held him until the deadline. I like Preller because he isn’t afraid to make the risky moves but so far his trades have been lackluster at best (except for the Pomeranz trade to Boston but again it will be a couple of years before we see how Espinoza does in MLB) His low risk scrap heap signings have been amazing though. Especially Fernando Rodney.
Id check your stats. http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=16252&position=2B/OF
3 straight tiers in 2015 and early 2016 he posted BABIP below .380.
You do realize because preller turned down the fulmer for upton deal he netted at QO which he used to pick up hudson potts reggie lawson and thompson with the 2 million he saved on the potts pick that went to the other 2 in way over slot deals. So we shall see what lawson potts and thompson do.
There have been a ton of rumors about Mike Dee being too involved in baseball decisions, even the medical record issue (Keith Law mentioned it today among others).
Mike was supposed to take care of the business side with Preller taking care of the baseball side. If the ownership is happy with direction of the baseball side for now, changing the guy in charge of the business side isn’t an issue.
The timing is interesting too.. Probably will have to wait for more things to leak out. I can’t imagine Prellers job is safe, even if the firing is not directly related.
For what its worth, Mike Dee was not very well liked by fans. So much so that a number of fan blogs attempted to orchestrate a campaign to have him fired during this last season.
Some of his most complained about “sins” were: the dedication of plaza at Petco Park to Bud Selig, the removing the retired numbers and replacing with additional advertising, the PR stunt of drafting Johnny Manziel, the San Diego Gay Man’s Chorus incident which received national media attention, as well as complaints about dynamic ticketing run amok.
Essentially, the gist was that he was a little to P.T. Barnum, and not enough baseball.
By comparison, although A.J. Preller is disliked in some fan/media circles, he appears to be fairly well liked by Padres fans (not all of them, but a majority nonetheless).
Yes, these are examples of the strange and often dumb decisions orchestrated by Dee. I for one, am glad he’s gone.
Good point!! I always was against the dynamic pricing and not because they would get expensive, but because for that you need a good strong competitive team and fan base, Padres don’t have none of them.
I would think that they would hire the new CEO and then let him/her assess Preller. Telling the new guy/gal that it would be their decision on whether to keep Preller would make the position more enticing. It would also give the Padres a good reason in the eyes of MLB and the media not to fire Preller right away and let him lead through the offseason and the draft before you decided if the trade fiasco was a permanent liability.
Dookie Howser, MD
Not sure what Preller’s contract looks like, but if the new CEO was allowed the decision to dump Preller and wanted to do so, I think that would happen pretty soon – before the winter meetings at least.
I’ve been hoping the D-Backs hire former Dodgers LAD GM Ned Colletti to right our ship. Now I am worried the Padres may grab him. The guy’s track record is too good for someone not to bring him in. Please D-Backs, get him first.
OMG, if you seriously think that Colletti is worthy of being hired as your GM, I would love to show you some beachfront property down in Cochise county.
Man, you should read Molly Knight’s “The Best Team Money Can Buy” before you make any judgements about Ned’s skills.
Nobody is rushing to hire Colleti
Goodbye Dee, you won’t be missed very much.
Mike Dee has always been the media face for a Padres ownership group which is much more concerned about making money while pretending to support San Diego baseball.
Until there is new owneship the Padres will always be losers.
This is only the fourth season under the new owners – O’Malley group. Not sure it can be said they don’t care about baseball. The O’Malley’s are a longtime baseball ownership family and had a great deal of success with the Dodgers. They seem to be spending in the right areas with their recent domestic and international drafts.
Excuse me for my grammar and spelling. So I know the majority do not care about the Padres and most people on here don’t know who the owner of the Padres are and just pile on AJ Preller. Peter Seidler and O’malleys own the Padres, Ron Fowler has a stake but its smaller. He was put in charge of talking for ownership, which was not the best idea. Fowler wanted to hire Mike Dee, Seidler did not. It took Seidler 2 different interviews with Dee and Fowler to get on board. Preller is not getting fired anytime soon. Seidler and Preller are in this together. Fowler is old and wants to win now but he does not have 200 million or more to spend on buying a championship. Seidler believes in Preller scouting and talent in acquiring young upside prospects. Seidler himself said Padres wont be good for 3 years, but Fowler and Dee would go on the radio and say ” I think we can be good in a year to two years.” Ownership blamed Dee not Preller on the Medicals. Padres fans believe in this direction, they believe in Preller abilities. Padres organization has had no direction in the last decade and they finally have it and will not be diverting from it.
As a Padre fan, I find this 100% accurate. Never in the history of Padres baseball have they made this type of investment in home grown talent. Does anyone remember the last time they developed their own franchise player and kept them to play for the Pads through their prime? It was the late, great, Tony Gwynn, who doubles as the ONLY home grown franchise player Pads have ever had and kept.
$60M in the international market, spending all of the draft money available – Preller is going to be able to see this thing through. Firing him would make us all say “Same ol’ Padres” – the fact they are sticking to the plan + making big time investments in the foundation says otherwise. Excited for the future.
Did they try to fire Preller too but can’t find him since Manfred took his phone away?
And there was joy in Mudville once again. Farewell Dee. Don’t let the door hit ya, where the good Lord split ya. Adios!
Care to add in anymore cliche sayings? I don’t think you crammed enough of them into one comment.
I’m sorry but this guy has no idea if Preller is safe or not. He clearly just writes things in absolutes to appear that he knows beyond any doubt. But it is speculation. I don’t believe he is tapped in enough to say with 100% certainty Preller isn’t in any type of danger. Is he golfing buddies with the owner? Give me a break.
Wait a second. Let me get this straight. The Red Sox make a trade. Pomeranz says my arm hurts. Red Sox file a grievance. Refuse to reverse trade. Pitch him down the stretch and put him on playoff roster and he pitches 92-95 mph. The Red Sox say he is part of their future but pitched him while he was supposedly DAMAGED GOODS. AJ trades older players for prospects The older players ALL help their teams. (Kimbrell, UPTONS, GYORKO, Pomeranz, turner , ). Shields makes every start. Granted didn’t do well but healthy. BTW Colin Rea is throwing now. In the shields trade we get a damaged pitcher (Johnson). Who needs surgery. AJ gets suspended but Red Sox keep and want Pomeranz for their future. Someone needs to AL LEAST address this story. Come on sports writers do your job
I’ll grant you the crocodile tears from Boston about the Pomeranz thing were a bit overdone. Werner decrying someone else’s ethical problems was cute.
You are missing the point, I think. The league determined that the organization did not properly disclose medical information.
That’s pretty much it. Doesn’t matter what did or didn’t happen to the players from that point forward. The league didn’t assess how much the info would have changed things or try to remake the trades to account for it, let alone base any such assessment upon what ended up happening to the particular players upon joining a new team. And that is the correct approach here.
If there’s a story to be found on the Padres trading away players who helped their new teams, it’s already been written, but it involves the merit of the deals from a baseball perspective and has no bearing whatsoever on this medical info matter.
Padres did not get a damaged pitcher from the White Sox. His medicals were real and disclosed. He got hurt after the trade he was not damaged goods.
The rest of your argument is without merit. The fact other players did not get hurt is irrelevant to the point Preller broke the rules and hid information
Red Sox couldn’t reverse trade because the trading deadline had passed. That’s basically it. They were stuck with Pomeranz and had to use him.
And yes, Preller and Dee (maybe) broke the rules. That’s unquestionably obvious.
I’m a Padres fan but I don’t like what they were doing with that stuff this last season.
I sure hope Rea isn’t throwing yet. He just had TJ surgery 10 days ago. That would be a miraculous recovery!!
Yeah Mike Dee was the best I’ll remember him for the Bud Selig Plaza that was short lived at Petco, or taking down the retired numbers in center field and putting up an advertisement for a casino. He also hired the guy who got rid of Trea Turner. Yeah he was pretty cool….
The Red Sox filed a grievance against the Padres in order to hedge their bets because Preller robbed them of their prized prospect The Beantown fans were crushing them locally so they whined to Manfred. I am sure this happens all the time and they work it out amongst themselves. They don’t go running to Daddy ( commissioners office )
YOU OWE ME ONE, NEXT DEAL IS ON ME, BLAH BLAH.. that s how all business is done. This just puts all other clubs on notice by making an example out of Preller.
You do know there were at least 4 teams who made complaints about padres hiding records. So it isn’t as cut and dry as red sox “hedging their bets”.
Leaving A.J. Preller unsupervised doesn’t seem like the best idea…