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Padres set for another round of general manager interviews next week

Jul 17, 2014, 7:08 PM EDT

The Padres are down to four candidates for the job.

The Padres have narrowed the field as they search for a new general manager to replace Josh Byrnes, but they won’t make a decision until after a round of second interviews next week, according to Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller.

The Padres are looking at the Yankees’ Cody Eppler, the Red Sox’s Mike Hazen, former Dodgers assistant GM Kim Ng and the Rangers’ A.J. Preller, Miller reports. ESPN’s Jim Bowden pegged Hazen as the favorite.

If Hazen is hired, he’d be the third straight Padres GM with Red Sox ties. Jed Hoyer was hired directly from Boston in 2009. He was later let go to join Theo Epstein and become the Cubs GM. His replacement, Byrnes, worked alongside Hoyer in Boston up until 2005, when he was hired by the Diamondbacks. Current Padres team president Mike Dee worked for the Red Sox from 2002-09.

The Padres are also reportedly looking to bring back former GM Kevin Towers in an advisory role, according to’s Ken Rosenthal. Towers remains the Diamondbacks’ general manager at the moment, but it’s assumed that he’s being phased out following the addition of Tony La Russa to the front office.

  1. yahmule - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    The announcement that they want Towers lurking around in the background is going to complicate their search for a qualified candidate. Why would any new GM want that type of organizational structure?

  2. fifthstarter - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Kim Ng! Do it, Padres!

  3. bobmcbigballs - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Hire Kevin Towers, he’s surely the solution to all the Padre’s problems

    • gbrim - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      That hire would solve a big problem for this DBacks fan.

  4. jwbiii - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Rosenthal is backpedalling on Kevin Towers.

    #Padres CEO Mike Dee: “Any new hires in the front office will be up to the new GM. Kevin Towers is not a candidate for that position . . .— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 18, 2014

    . . . Thus, any speculation about Kevin re-joining the Padres is just that, speculation.”— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 18, 2014

  5. banksatdixie - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    It’s Billy Eppler. Not Cody Eppler.

  6. eagles512 - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Hire Amaro. Please

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