According to San Diego Padres beat writer and MLB.com reported Corey Brock, the Friars have announced some recent changes to some specific roles within the organization. Highlighting the changes is former team general manager Randy Smith, who will now be the vice president of player development to senior advisor, baseball operations, and according to Brock, his primary focus will be on the scouting end of the spectrum.
Smith has worked in big league front offices since 1985, which also just happened to be the last time the current American League champion Kansas City Royals were in the World Series. Since the 2010 season, Smith had overseen the player development areas of the organization for the Padres.
"“This title is a new one. I’ve had all the director jobs…It’s nice to continue to get exposure to do different things. I like new challenges. It will be having a chance to impact the Major League team with Major League scouting and whatever else A.J. wants me to do…I’ve been in the organization for 23 years and feel like I have a perspective of what’s been successful and what hasn’t over the years.”(h/t, Corey Brock, MLB.com)"
Also being announced by the Padres, minor league field coordinator Randy Johnson, hitting coordinator Sean Berry, and baserunning and outfield coordinator Glen Barker have all been dismissed and won’t return to the organization next season.
In other Padres personnel news, Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, Tweeted that the team has hired former Toronto Blue Jays scout Rob St. Julien, whose most notable signings were Aaron Loup and Evan Crawford.