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The Padres traded Anthony Rizzo to the Cubs for Andrew Cashner five years ago

Five years have passed since Padres general manager Josh Byrnes pulled the trigger on what already goes down as one of the worst trades in team history. Barely two months into his tenure, Byrnes sent hard-hitting 22-year-old first baseman Anthony Rizzo to his predecessor, Cubs GM Jed Hoyer, who had a long history with Rizzo. Not only had Hoyer acquired Rizzo for the Padres in the...
Via Gaslamp Ball
January 06, 2017

How the Teams Were Built

Some of it depends on the philosophies of the front office, some of it depends on the market size, and some of it is pure luck of the draw. Every 40-man roster in baseball is built through different means, and each organization has its own unique quirks when it comes to roster construction. This is a reboot of an exercise I did last year, with a couple fun additions. Relying mostly...
Via Fangraphs
February 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo Key to Chicago Cubs’ Revival

Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo hits a double off Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Among the hype and hysteria, the most important parts of a changing organization can be missed. Highly acclaimed prospects begin to join the major league team after fans...
Via The Sports Journal
May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Introducing Josh Byrnes, leading candidate to be Dodgers’ GM

I was going to write a detailed post analyzing more than a dozen potential GM candidates, but that basically got shuttered by a report that Josh Byrnes was likely to land the GM spot for the Dodgers. Byrnes is the former GM of divisional opponents Diamondbacks and Padres, and prior to that had worked with the Indians and then as an assistant GM with the Rockies and Red Sox. His most...
Via Dodgers Digest
October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Byrnes Era in San Diego ends with a whimper

The San Diego Padres have the third-worst record in baseball and — again — are at the bottom of the league in just about every offensive category. On Sunday, they became the first team this season to fire their general manager. Josh Byrnes was let go after nearly 2.5 years on the job. Byrnes took control of the Padres in October 2011, after then-GM Jed Hoyer left the organization...
Via The Outside Corner
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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