If one MLB insider is to be believed, it's just a matter of time until the San Diego Padres will lose Bob Melvin to the San Francisco Giants and the Friars will be looking for a new manager.
San Diego Padres rumors: Bob Melvin as good as gone?
Take a look at the post from USA Today's Bob Nightengale and it certainly seems that Melvin will be moving up the coast to San Francisco.
According to Nightengale, it's not a matter if Melvin is heading to the Giants, but a matter of when. His wording of "once he is hired" certainly does not seem to leave much room for imagination for either Padres or Giants fans.
Melvin's status in San Diego was seemingly uncertain toward the end of the season when reports came out about he and general manager A.J. Preller being unable to work together. However, those thoughts were seemingly squashed when Preller said at this end-of-season media availability that both he and Melvin would be back in command of the Friars when the 2024 campaign began.
Now the roller coaster of Melvin's future seems to have taken another turn, and it seems likely the ride for Melvin in brown and gold could well be coming to an end. After all, if he is allowed by the Padres to interview with the division rival Giants, it also seems that the door has closed on his time in southern California.
Of course, Melvin has ties to the Bay Area from his 11 seasons overseeing the Oakland A's, and those ties run deep with current San Francisco president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi being with the A's during Melvin's tenure there.
If the Giants do indeed plan to move fast to hire their next manager, Preller will likely have to do the same when (if Nightengale is right) Melvin leaves San Diego for San Francisco.