The San Diego Padres are still in the final stages of selecting their new front office leader and general manager. Yesterday, the team conducted their second interview with their third finalist, Billy Eppler. He is currently the assistant general manager for the New York Yankees and works for Brian Cashman. Eppler’s initial interview with the Padres came back on July 3rd.
Along with Eppler, the Padres have interviewed A.J. Pleffer of the Texas Rangers and Mike Hazen of the Boston Red Sox for their vacant GM’s position. Omar Minaya heads up a group of three that are overseeing baseball operations for the Friars until a permanent replacement is hired. Josh Byrnes was relieved of his duties several weeks ago.
As the team approaches the July 31st non-waiver trading deadline, it appears they are in fire sale-mode, having already dealt closer Huston Street, and third baseman Chase Headley. The next players most likely to go are Ian Kennedy, Joaquin Benoit, Carlos Quentin, and Chris Denorfia. The Padres hope to have a decision made on their next GM no later than the first week of August.