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Report: Padres general manager Josh Byrnes is on the hot seat

Jun 21, 2014, 9:37 AM EST

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We heard some speculation last month that Padres manager Bud Black could be fired after their disappointing start to the season, but it turns out that general manager Josh Byrnes could be the first one to go.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears from major league sources that Byrnes’ relationship with ownership has “deteriorated” and that he is under the “most scrutiny” for the team’s current state. If the team does fire him, assistant general manager A.J. Hinch is considered the likely interim replacement. Of course, Hinch has close ties with Byrnes going back to their time together with the Diamondbacks.

The timing on this situation is delicate for multiple reasons. First, the Padres don’t want to appear insensitive following the death of Hall of Famer and franchise icon Tony Gwynn. His memorial service isn’t until next Thursday. Also, the Padres are one of just a handful of obvious sellers in the trade market. Whether it’s Byrnes, Hinch, or someone else making the decisions, names like Huston Street, Carlos Quentin, Chase Headley, and Ian Kennedy all figure to be in play before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Interestingly, Rosenthal makes the case that the Padres could do well to deal staff ace Andrew Cashner, who has rejected overtures about a contract extension and is under team through 2016.

Byrnes, who is signed through 2017, was promoted to GM under the previous ownership group in October of 2011. The Padres had back-to-back 76-wins seasons in 2012 and 2013 and sit at just 32-42 this season behind the league’s worst offense.

  1. renaado - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Just fire them both at the same time.

    Problem solved.

    • Old Gator - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Which problem?

      • renaado - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        Too tired to write an essay Gator… Just made 3 of em at our Anthropology class this morning…

        Ugh!

  2. rollinghighwayblues - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Whatever happened to Casey Kelly? Wasn’t he the next big thing, can’t miss, and a huge trade chip for Adrian Gonzalez to Boston?

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=9174&position=P

    • jwbiii - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      He had TJ surgery last April. He’s doing fine in AA San Antonio.

      • rollinghighwayblues - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        Jokes on me. I live in SA and have 16 unused tickets to the Missions games for the remainder of the year. Don’t fret, HBT, I shall watch Kelly pitch and and bring you any news regarding him.

      • jwbiii - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        Of course, Doing fine in AA San Antonio = May soon be apartment hunting in AAA El Paso.

      • jwbiii - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        Sorry, don’t get the down thumb. These are statements of fact. Here’s Kelly’s injury history. Scroll down a bit.

        http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=58343

        Here’s how he has pitched this season.

        http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=58343

        Are you suggesting that an 0.75 ERA in AA is something other than “doing fine”?

    • marketingforcontractors - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      He was on rehab assignment in AA in mid-May when he had a setback. His MRI came back clean and he is just about ready to start a throwing program again.

  3. arb927 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Not like it means much… Raj has been on the hot seat for 3 yrs and we’re still stuck with him

  4. chinahand11 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Cashner won’t sign extension, can anyone blame him? It’s borderline criminal what management has done to Padre fans. Well, perhaps I overstated that. Transplant Red Sox fan living in SD, been shaking my head for years over the BS that goes on with that team. Padre fans deserve better. Guys, hate to do it, but I’m calling shenanigans.

    • sdiegosteel - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      I’ve lived in San Diego for nine years now, and there has been a grand total of three players you would have paid to see during those years: Adrian Gonzalez, Jake Peavy, and Trevor Hoffman (well, Greg Maddux as well, more just to say you saw him live). I’ve gone to games where Mark Bellhorn, Josh Bard, and Michael Barrett batted cleanup. If you’re a small market team, you have to draft well and they are awful (with Matt Bush being the worst #1 pick in the history of sports). The fact that they’ve actually had four 87 or more win seasons since I’ve been here is remarkable, but those are at least five years back now. If you’re not going to be good, at least be interesting – – and this is one horrifically boring team.

  5. rjwiesner - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    It shows that management has no idea how to build a team or manage if they are this bad every year. Having a bad year here and there because of injuries is understandable, but if a team is horrible every year, there is no excuse for that. With FA, the draft, and trades a gm should be able to build a team rather quickly.

    • chiadam - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      The problem for teams like San Diego is that they can’t really afford to go crazy in free agency (which is not how you build a team anyway), so they have to rely on drafting and development. When you have to rely on drafting and development, trading away your prospects also isn’t an attractive option. And even if they were content trading all day long, teams do not give up their best prospects anymore.

    • gloccamorra - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      The head honchos over the last ten years have been owner John Moores, his hand-picked club president Sandy Alderson, Jeff Moorad who was denied majority ownership approval in 2012, and now Ron Fowler, representing the minority group that helped Peter O’Malley’s sons and nephews buy the majority interest in the club 20 months ago.

      The two O’Malleys (Peter’s sons) and two Seidlers (Peter’s sisters’s sons) have been doing what Walter O’Malley did for three years before taking full control of the Dodgers franchise in 1950: assessing the team and the hold-over employees before making any moves.

      With a franchise that has had a decade of multiple owners, multiple team presidents, multiple CEOs, and multiple general managers, it makes no sense to lump “management” together and blame all the problems of the past on the new owners.

      • chinahand11 - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        I have to say that when the O’Malleys threw in, it gave me hope for this team, and I do hope they can turn it around. The O’Malleys are baseball people if anyone is, I reckon.

  6. gbrim - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Josh Byrnes and Kevin Towers switched teams and got second chances they didn’t deserve. Both the Padres and DBacks are in terrible shape, while many modest revenue teams are at least respectable, with some hopes for the future.

    • mazblast - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      A few years back, both Byrnes and Towers were labelled as “hot young executives” by the media herd. Once you get that kind of label, whether in sports, business, or other entertainment, it seems as if no amount of facts will convince management to do the right thing and start over, no matter how bad the results may be. It’s like the first round draft pick who keeps getting promoted/played no matter how lousy his results, while the guys who produce rot.

  7. gloccamorra - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    I wonder why Carlos Quentin keeps being mentioned as a trade candidate. He has a guaranteed contract to play for his home town team and has a full no-trade clause. The Padres are stuck with him and his DL stints through next season, not that he would be worth much in a trade with his injury history.

    • serveaux - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      He recently mentioned that he might be willing to waive his no-trade. Hopefully he realizes that he needs to be a DH, like the rest of us have known for years

  8. xpensivewinos - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    I think this may have something to do with the fact that he sucks at his job.

    Just a theory…..

  9. luz56 - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Who the hell labelled them hot young executives??? Both destroyed their respective teams at the time and continued their incompetent ways with the new teams

    • chargrz - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Both have been terrible GM’s.I can’t believe they still have jobs.

  10. jwbiii - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:54 AM

    The San Diego Padres are hitting .214 while Mario Mendoza actually hit .215 for his career, therefore…— Darren Viola (@RRepoz) June 22, 2014

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