With each passing day, the non-waiver trading deadline looms closer and closer. July 31st is exactly 14 days away, and the San Diego Padres still do not have a new general manager in place. The team is expected to hire a new front office boss after the deadline passes, sometime in August. As reported yesterday by Friars On Base, Texas Rangers’ scouting director A.J. Preller is the only confirmed candidate that the Friars will bring back for a second interview. Does that make him the favorite?
According to MLBTradeRumors.com, two candidates, one, who was one of the first to interview for the vacant GM’s job, has been notified that he is out of the running. Former Florida/Miami Marlins’ GM Larry Beinfest has been removed from consideration for the job. Along with Beinfest, Logan White, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ VP of amateur scouting was also notified that he will no longer be considered for the job, according to a Tweet by Scott Miller of Fox Sports San Diego. Both men were told that the organization is looking more towards an “up and coming GM-type” to fulfill the role of the team moving forward.
Along with Preller, there are five other candidates that the report believes are still in the running for the Padres’ GM’s job. Those people include: Padres’ assistant GM, Josh Stein, MLB Senior VP of Baseball Operations and former Yankees and Dodgers assistant GM, Kim Ng, D-Backs’ Director of Scouting, Ray Montgomery, Red Sox’ Assistant GM, Mike Hazen, and Yankees’ Assistant GM, Billy Eppler.