When you fire your general manager, other changes are sure to follow. I can’t see Bud Black or anyone else on the staff feeling particularly good about their job security at this juncture. Also, if I’m most of the players, I’m renting, not buying.
Even with the three-headed interm GM team of Omar Minaya, A.J. Hinch and Fred Uhlman, trades are going to go down.
Per Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Carlos Quentin, Seth Smith and Chris Denorfia could be moved. Chase Headley will garner some attention, and even Joaquin Benoit and Huston Street could be out there as well. I wouldn’t even rule out Andrew Cashner or Ian Kennedy.
The point is, the times they are a changin’, however, can that really happen with a triumvirate of GMs? Seems to me that there are too many chefs in the kitchen in order to make that work.
Here’s the thing though, the Padres have to get something of value out of whatever tradeable assets they have. If Smith and Quentin and Denorfia and Headley aren’t a part of the solution moving forward, then they can’t be with San Diego passed July 31. They have to be cashed in. There’s plenty of teams who could use those players to make a postseason push. Teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, Mariners etc.
Now that Josh Byrnes is gone, it’s time to send others packing too. Times will get better for the Padres. however it’s going to take some rebuilding. The time is now.