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Epstein Poaches Hoyer and McLeod, Byrnes Slated to Take Over as Padres G.M.

Hoyer is taking his act to Chicago, Image Courtesy of sportsnet.ca

Well that ended pretty quickly.  The Jed Hoyer era is done in San Diego and the Padres are back at square one after 3 years of Hoyer running the team.  ESPN Chicago reports that new Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein has hired Hoyer as his new G.M. and has also hired the Padres assistant G.M. Jason McLeod to boot.  In other news, ESPN Chicago also reports that the Padres will likely give Josh Byrnes, their senior VP of Baseball Operations, the job as their new G.M..

Hope you enjoy having your little Boston tea-party in the Second City boys after you did little to nothing at the helm here in San Diego.  Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

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  • bardin

    I think it’s unfair to say they did “little to nothing”. Under their watch, the farm system has been vastly improved, which, for a small market team, is an absolute necessity. What exactly could they have done on the major league level? Did you want them to sign Jayson Werth to that $126mil deal? Really?? They weren’t going to sign free agents (and for good reason, because it would have been stupid to do so), and they weren’t going to trade away their prospects. They *need* all the prospects they can get. This was always going to be a long term project and Hoyer and co. were off to a good start. The 2010 year was an extra bonus, but I give them credit for that too, in that they happened to assemble an absolutely killer bullpen that season. I commend Hoyer on a job well done and hope Byrnes won’t deviate from the grand plan. I don’t think he will.

  • JohnJParent

    @bardin I have to agree with you here, but I can also understand the bitterness of Dom’s post. Seeing “your guy” walk out to take a job that’s a lateral move is tough. When Hoyer was brought in, the hope was that he would build the farm system and stick around for the long haul. He began the process, but jumped ship as soon as a prettier opportunity came along.