Josh Byrnes to Dodgers rumors heat up, but what will his role be?

Rumors have been swirling around Josh Byrnes and the Dodgers ever since he was named a front-runner for the vacant GM job, and those rumors didn’t calm down yesterday when he was spotted watching an Arizona Fall League game with Stan Kasten and Pat Corrales. Josh Byrnes with #Dodgers' Kasten at Fall League game at Camelback Ranch. Byrnes expected to join front office; position...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Coming Soon: Season Reviews

Has it really been less than two weeks since the 2014 season ended? Think about how much has happened since then. Ned Colletti is out-ish. Andrew Friedman is in. Okay, that might be the only two things, but they’re such big, big things. With that in mind, and with some open questions about who will actually be the GM — I still think Josh Byrnes! — and replace De Jon Watson...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  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
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Byrnes seen as a leader for job under Dodgers president Friedman

Josh Byrnes, the former general manager of the Diamondbacks and Padres, is seen as a leading candidate for the top executive job under new club president Andrew Friedman with the Dodgers, league sources said. Byrnes is viewed as a strong possibility to get the coveted job, as sources familiar with the situation say his experience is viewed as a plus for a storied, big-market team...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers introduce Andrew Friedman, questions about GM spot remain

The Dodgers formally introduced Andrew Friedman, their new president of baseball operations, on Friday at Dodger Stadium. Despite having to read from a prepared speech, his first foray into the Los Angeles media went relatively well. Friedman said all the right things — the 79 million outfielder problem is a good one to have, Don Mattingly is “definitely” going to manage the...
Via Dodgers Digest
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Big Bad (Slightly Scarier) Dodgers

The San Diego Padres mid-season firing of general manager Josh Byrnes seems to have triggered front office upheaval in the rest of the National League West.* Since then, the Arizona Diamondbacks fired Kevin Towers and hired Dave Stewart/ De Jon Watson (which we discussed last month), the Colorado Rockies promoted from within with Jeff Bridich replacing the departing Dan O’Dowd...
Via Padres Public
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Random Bits and Bites Thrown Together and Cooked Down to a Tasteless Broth of Opinion

I call it a “Partially Gelatinated Non-Dairy Gum-Based Beverage” It’s been a while since I wrote anything that wasn’t a While You Were Drinking or a news item.  And let’s be honest.  There’s only so many ways someone can say “this team sucks” and not come off as a total prick.  But make no mistake, this Padres team definitely sucked this year. Yeah, sure, they...
Via Padres Public
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Hey, It Could Be Worse

The San Diego Padres midseason firing of Josh Byrnes was the equivalent to pushing another reset button for an organization that changes general managers – and owners – like the Kansas City Royals change hitting coaches. It’s a frustrating cycle – bringing in a new chef and allowing him to rearrange the kitchen only to have to start over again in short order when things don’t...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres Rumors: Bud Black to return to San Diego in 2015

It's been a tough season for the San Diego Padres. They fired their general manager, Josh Byrnes, earlier in the season, hired another in A.J. Preller, and are going to miss the playoffs again. There has not been postseason baseball in San Diego since 2006. With organizational changes already being made in the front office, some questions have been raised as to whether manager...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: San Diego Padres

The Padres were viewed as a sleeper contender coming into the 2014 season. They probably weren’t capable of hanging with the Dodgers and Giants (or maybe even the Diamondbacks) in the NL West, but if either of the favorites faltered and the Padres’ roster stayed healthy throughout the season, there was a chance that meaningful baseball could be played in San Diego during September...
Via The Outside Corner
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Who'll be sent packing as season hits home stretch?

When the Padres fired Josh Byrnes on June 22, part of their rationale was to get a jump on other clubs that might seek to hire new general managers in the offseason. The Pads were onto something. Once the season ends, a number of organizations could experience shakeups in one form or another. The decisions of some clubs will hinge upon their finishes. But for other franchises,...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Who'll be sent packing as season hits home stretch?

When the Padres fired Josh Byrnes on June 22, part of their rationale was to get a jump on other clubs that might seek to hire new general managers in the offseason. The Pads were onto something. Once the season ends, a number of organizations could experience shakeups in one form or another. The decisions of some clubs will hinge upon their finishes. But for other franchises, the...
Via Fox Sports
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres hire A.J. Preller as GM, instead of more interesting, historic choice

The Padres settled on their new general manager Wednesday, agreeing to terms with Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller. Preller replaces Josh Byrnes, who was fired by the team in late June. (Technically, Preller takes over for the interim GM trio of Omar Minaya, San Diego’s VP for baseball operations, and assistant general managers A.J. Hinch and Fred Uhlman, Jr. That threesome engineered...
Via The Outside Corner
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres to hire AJ Preller as new GM

The San Diego Padres are currently without a general manager after firing Josh Byrnes in the middle of the season. A report emerging Tuesday night claims they have finally made a decision on a new GM. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Padres will hire Texas Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller as the team’s new general manager. Rumors had persisted that San Diego was...
Via Rumors and Rants
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler considered favorite for GM job with Padres

After a lengthy search, the Padres are reportedly closing in on their choice for Josh Byrnes’ replacement as general manager. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Padres “appear to be focusing most closely” on Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler, who now looks like the “probable frontrunner” for the gig. Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller, Red...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

No GM For You!

It’s late afternoon on Monday, August 4th, and the Padres have not yet selected their new GM, the man or woman they shall choose to lead us away from the Josh Byrnes tire fire and into the next tire fire an era of sustained success. We hear that it should happen this week, and some thought it might happen today, but no such luck, and all we’re left with is stale rumors. I have...
Via Padres Public
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

When the Problem Is Everything

“What’s the fish today?” he asks. Call him Joel. We’re in the dining car, south of San Luis Obispo. The Padres fired their GM, Josh Byrnes, a few weeks ago. The new owners inherited Byrnes from the old owners, who never actually owned the team. Ergo, adios. “Tilapia,” says the attendant. Joel orders the steak, as does his wife. The team hasn’t found a new GM yet. That...
Via Padres Public
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Trade Rumors: Chase Headley on the Move?

The San Diego Padres have been out of the playoff hunt for some time. General Manager Josh Byrnes was fired earlier in the year, and more changes are on the way. Huston Street was sent to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for a trio of prospects last night. It seems very likely that more trades are on the way. One big name that should get moved is third baseman Chase Headley...
Via Baseball News Source
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking the GM Candidates

The Padres have finished the first round of interviews to replace dismissed GM Josh Byrnes. Eight candidates received interviews, while six prospective candidates declined to be interviewed, including 2 of my top 3 choices, Cardinals AGM Mike Girsch and Cubs VP of Sexy Jason McLeod. First to interview were former Marlins GM Larry Beinfest and Dodgers scouting VP Logan White. Next...
Via Padres Public
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Cards' assistant GM withdraws from race for Padres job

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals assistant general manager Michael Girsch has withdrawn his candidacy for the GM opening with the San Diego Padres. St. Louis made a brief announcement during Tuesday night's game against the Pirates. The 37-year-old Girsch is in his fourth season as assistant GM under John Mozeliak with the Cardinals. He joined the team as coordinator of amateur scouting...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Dark Horse General Manager Candidates

The San Diego Padres fired Josh Byrnes last week, ending a 938 day streak without a major league general manager getting the ax, as Ben Lindbergh recently noted at Baseball Prospectus. There are currently 18 teams that have employed the same GM for the past five years and plenty more that are working on three or four years of front office stability. San Diego, obviously, is not one...
Via Padres Public
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Mr. McLeod Stays In Chicago

Once upon a time, the San Diego Padres decided to be dysfunctional again and fired their general manager, Josh Byrnes.  The immediate reaction was “Oh ****, now they might try to take Jason McLeod.”  McLeod is the Cubs’ director of scouting and player development, and is at least indirectly responsible for all the Cubs prospects launching baseballs into orbit lately.  So...
Via World Series Dreaming
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The House Flight: Week of 6/23 to 6/29/2014

In case you weren’t paying attention… @GhostofRAK #burnbabyburn #Padres #PPLive — John Lackey (@johlac66) June 25, 2014 Always enjoy responsibly.  Don’t read and drive. It’s Time For Baseball To Quit It’s Worst Habit The Firing Of Josh Byrnes He’s Just A Defector Thoughts on Tony Gwynn A Quickly Evaporating Draft Budget The Allure...
Via Padres Public
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Byrnes' San Diego Padres: What Went Wrong?

When the Boston Red Sox collapsed during September 2011, dominoes fell across the game. The Chicago Cubs brought in Theo Epstein to take over as President of Baseball Operations. Epstein hired his former assistant GM Jed Hoyer to be his right-hand man once more, as general manager of the Cubs. Hoyer, who had previously held the same position with the San Diego Padres was in turn...
Via The Sports Post
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Byrnes’ Downfall

On Sunday the Padres fired their general manager Josh Byrnes. Since his firing, a lot of important details have come to light that paint ownership in a much worse picture than Byrnes. He (like Bud) was a problem, but not the biggest problem. Still firing him was absolutely the right move. Two and a half years usually isn’t long enough to evaluate a GM’s performance. But that...
Via Padres Public
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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