Happy November everyone! It's a busy time in all of baseball right now with options being exercised and free agency opening in less than 2 days. Here are Padres links (and some general ones as well):
Byrnes excited for 'best job for me' with Padres - Padres official site
"The Padres introduced Josh Byrnes as their third general manager in two-plus years Monday, and from the looks of it, the 41-year-old, well-traveled executive will hold the job for many years."
The Associated Press has also picked up on the Byrnes story
"With that, the Padres' front office resembles the Arizona Diamondbacks' executive suite from a few years ago."
Dan Hayes shares his thoughts on Byrnes as well - NCT
"The former Arizona Diamondbacks GM shares the same build-from-within philosophy as Hoyer, and Byrnes, 41, has been an involved member of the Padres' decision-making process since he was hired last December. Byrnes also understands the dynamics of working for a small-market club, having spent 4 1/ 2 seasons in Arizona."
More on options being declined - Padres official site
"The Padres declined the 2012 mutual contract options for right-hander Aaron Harang and infielder/outfielder Brad Hawpe on Monday. In addition, San Diego declined its club option for right-handed reliever Chad Qualls."
Tim Sullivan takes an inside look at Byrnes and Black's relationship - UT
"Josh Byrnes was driving through Atlanta with Bud Black riding shotgun. They were scouting the Braves on behalf of the Cleveland Indians in the fall of 1997, and both men were struck by the caliber of that club and the indifference of that city."
Some general notes on the club, including Byrnes and Bell - MLBTR
"Byrnes says San Diego will likely offer Heath Bell arbitration, according to Dan Hayes of the North County Times (on Twitter). Bell is a Type A free agent, as MLBTR learned earlier today. If he declines arbitration to sign elsewhere, the Padres will obtain two draft picks in 2012. However, Bell has indicated that he will accept."
Fan Graphs lists their top 50 free agents
As does MLBTR (with predictions)
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