Thursday, October 29, 2009

Moorad says AGon not being shopped

Moorad 1090am Interview today

Moorad this am on 1090 was asked about all the rumors swirling regarding their franchise player Adrian Gonzalez. Below is paraphrasing of course, but should give the flavor of how that conversation went.......

" Padres are NOT shopping AGon......"

" but it is policy to listen to any offer for any player, and has been here even during KT's reign....."

Moorad asked Jed if he thought Epstein was going to make a run at AGon.......Hoyer responded that he thinks Theo has cooled to that idea, is going another direction, and doesn't have the "inventory" to get it done anyway

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Kevin Towers says AGon is on his way out

KT speaks out on Adrian Gonzalez's future with the Padres

NY Daily News

Sadly, the Padres must deal Gonzalez.

Revenue-sharing money simply isn't enough right now in their market, where a bad local TV package reaps only about $2million and they have $18 million a year in stadium debt. In addition, nobody knows how much it's costing new owner Jeff Moorad to complete his buyout of John Moores. "They're going to have a $40 million payroll for the foreseeable future," said recently fired Padres GM Kevin Towers, "and there's just no way they can devote half of that to one player. It's just a matter of when they decide to trade (Gonzalez)."

Rotoworlds spin on the same subject siting the same source

Former Padres general manager Kevin Towers says Adrian Gonzalez will be traded.
"They're going to have a $40 million payroll for the foreseeable future," said Towers in reference to his former team. "And there's just no way they can devote half of that to one player. It's just a matter of when they decide to trade (Gonzalez)." Gonzalez is set to make just $4.75 million in 2010 with a $5.5 million club option for 2011 before hitting the open market in 2012, so new Padres general manager Jed Hoyer could make out like a bandit in a potential trade. The Red Sox, Hoyer's former club, are rumored to have interest in the 27-year-old first baseman.
Well all I can say is that Hoyer better have one helluva return if he doesn't want the Padre fans to riot at Petco.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

The Hoyer Era has arrived

Jed Hoyer is the man for the job

10/25/09 12:48 AM ET

Red Sox assistant general manager Jed Hoyer has been chosen the next general manager of the Padres, a club source told on Saturday.

The Padres were not prepared to make a formal announcement during the weekend. But Hoyer, 35, is set to replace Kevin Towers, who was GM for 14 seasons before new Padres chief executive Jeff Moorad informed him near the end of the season that he would not be retained for 2010.

Hoyer will take over a young squad that went 33-25 during the last two months of the season, before finishing with a 75-87 record to take fourth place in the National League West in 2009.

Hoyer has spent his entire front-office career with the Red Sox, starting in 2002 as a baseball operations intern and becoming a baseball operations assistant the following year. Hoyer and Ben Cherington served briefly as co-GMs after the 2005 season when Theo Epstein was working through contract issues.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Asst. GM of the Yanks --> Dogs to GM of the Pads?

Ng interviewed this weekend

10/17/09 11:45 PM ET

Dodgers assistant general manager Kim Ng interviewed for the vacant general manger position with the Padres, a San Diego club official has confirmed to

Ng, who previously has interviewed for GM openings with the Dodgers and Mariners, was spotted having lunch with new Padres owner Jeff Moorad, and she was interviewed on Saturday.

Ng could be not reached by for comment.

The Padres are looking for a replacement for Kevin Towers, who was dismissed after 14 seasons with the National League West franchise.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

KT gone & Moorad wants a new GM by Nov. 1st

Moorad wants new GM by the end of Oct.

10/06/09 1:46 PM ET

The Padres' search for a new general manager pushes on, though that doesn't mean the team is uncovered in the front office in the interim.

Manager Bud Black, executive vice president Paul DePodesta and assistant GM Fred Uhlman Jr. have been asked by CEO Jeff Moorad to watch over the baseball-operations department until a replacement for Kevin Towers is found.

Towers, the longest-tenured GM in the Major Leagues, was dismissed on Saturday after spending the past 14 seasons as the Padres' GM. No interim GM was named.

"Between [Black, DePodesta and Uhlman], I am convinced there is ample experience and ability to react and respond to any baseball issues that occur during the interim period," Moorad said on Tuesday.

Moorad hopes to have a GM by the end of the World Series, though he qualified that by saying, "potentially sooner."

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Continuing to trim 40 roster down

4 more spots opened up on the 40man

10/13/09 2:05 PM ET

The Padres removed four players from the 40-man roster on Tuesday, including two -- catcher Eliezer Alfonzo and infielder Luis Rodriguez -- who elected free agency.

Alfonso, Rodriguez, pitcher Josh Geer and outfielder Drew Macias were all outrighted to Triple-A Portland. Alfonso and Rodriguez had the right to refuse the assignment.

Of the quartet, Rodriguez played the most for the Padres in 2009, batting .202 with two home runs and 16 RBIs in 93 games. Over parts of five Major League seasons with the Twins and Padres (2008-09), the 29-year-old is a .243 hitter.

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Offseason trimmings

Padres started to mold the roster for off season moves

10/08/09 7:15 PM ET

The Padres on Thursday requested unconditional release waivers on right-handers Cha Seung Baek, Shawn Hill and outfielder Cliff Floyd and announced they had selected the contract of right-hander Eulogio De La Cruz from Triple-A Portland.

Meanwhile, right-hander Greg Burke underwent arthroscopic debridement on his right shoulder Wednesday in La Jolla, Calif. Burke, 27, made his Major League debut with the Padres this year and went 3-3 with a 4.14 ERA in 48 relief appearances.

Baek, who is 16-18 in 59 career games with Seattle and San Diego, missed the entire 2009 season after being placed on the disabled list with a strained right forearm. Hill went 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA in three starts for the Padres before having his season cut short with inflammation of his right elbow. Floyd had two hits in just 16 at-bats for San Diego.