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Padres bring in Boston's Hoyer as new GM

Oct 23, 2009, 8:43 PM EDT

35-year-old Jed Hoyer, an assistant GM for the Red Sox, will be named the replacement for Kevin Towers in San Diego, according to the Boston Globe and several other sources.
The former Wesleyan University closer earned the gig on his third try, having previously interviewed for openings in Pittsburgh and D.C. He had been with the Red Sox since 2002, and he was briefly one of the people in charge of personnel decisions when Theo Epstein left the team after the 2005 season.
This may well be a better situation for him than the previous potential gigs, though he’ll have to deal with modest payrolls. The Padres do have an advantage in assembling their roster in that their ballpark is so unique. Sure, it will be difficult to lure top hitters to Petco Park, but the Padres aren’t going to be bidding for them very often anyway. San Diego will remain a terrific destination for starters and relievers looking to revive their careers, so the Padres should be focusing more on offense in the draft.
Some will wonder why the Padres didn’t go for someone with more of a scouting background, given that the acquisition of young talent through the draft and Latin America was far and away former GM Kevin Towers’ biggest weakness. However, new CEO Jeff Moorad made it clear he was looking for more of an analyst than a scout in the GM role. Hoyer dealt mostly with major league player acquisitions in Boston, so he’ll be looking elsewhere for help in the scouting department.
Oddly enough, the Padres and Red Sox may end up trading front office personnel here. The Red Sox are known to have offered Towers a position in the organization, and if he accepts, it seems likely that he’d take on some of Hoyer’s responsibilities.

  1. Jeff - Oct 24, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Well, with this it’s now all seemingly official:
    The San Diego Padres has become a Triple A farm team for the Red Sox.
    Towers will complete the arrangement by going to work for Theo in Boston.
    The Red Sox will rely on the Padres to fill holes in their line up and to allow the most skilled and developed Padre players ready for the show an opportunity while still keeping them “in the system”.
    Boston will send San Diego a steady stream of mid level prospects. If any of them do turn into top level players, Boston will “purchase their contract” and bring them up to the big leagues.
    Epstein could not be reached for comment. Reports indicate he wet his pats on the conclustion of the deal and had to go home and change.

  2. Bob Devon - Oct 24, 2009 at 7:50 PM

    I am delighted to hear that Mr. Towers is leaving the Padre organization. For years the team has been the AAA provider for the Major Leagues. San Diego has done tons for the Padres over the years, not to mention the new stadium that has set a new standard in design and incorporating local surroundings. The Padres, in my opinion, owe San Diego at least the courtesy of fielding a team worthy of what the citizens of San Diego have done for the team. They have supported great and poor teams over the years, but once a ‘real winning team’ arose, Mr. Towers sold and traded players like baseball cards. I had season tickets for several years while living in the area but was pleased to leave the Padres in my wake to other venues where teams were established and maintained, building on each season to put together something to be proud of. Thank goodness for the likes of Mr. Tony Gwynn, the last of the Padres Franchise Players….

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