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Friar Rumor Mill: 7/11/14 

Search for a New GM:
– The Padres announced on Friday that they have interviewed MLB’s Senior VP for Baseball Operations Kim Ng for their open GM position.
– Fox Sports San Diego contributor and national beat writer for bleacherreport.com Scott Miller tweeted that according to sources, the Padres plan to interview 12 candidates for the open GM position (they’ve interviewed eight so far). A few will be asked for a second interview, and the team expects to have a new GM in place by about mid-August.
– According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com and many other reporters, Padres assistant GM A.J. Hinch has pulled himself out of the running for the next Padres GM job. That now makes six who have declined to interview for the open position.

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About the author: Brad Beattie

San Diego born and raised. Love the Padres, the Chargers, and all things (for the most part) San Diego. Will continue to follow San Diego sports through both the ups and down, and I hope to hear your opinions as you follow them too.

  • ballybunion

    Well, I’m not worried about all the decline-to-interviews. When you fire the GM mid-season, you catch a bunch of candidates who just aren’t ready to drop everything and relocate their family on short notice. They all have good reason not to consider a preliminary interview like the Padres are conducting, without us suspecting there’s something wrong with the City, the franchise, or ownership.

    A.J. is in a delicate situation where if he’s not chosen or even makes the second interview, he has to work with the winning candidate and that’s an untenable situation. He tried for the Cubs managing job last off-season, and if he isn’t in the new GM’s plans, there are likely to be managerial openings in the next off-season.

    The bottom line is the timing of the firing and hiring process is not optimal, and there’s no reason to develop an inferiority complex over a few people who can’t leave their current jobs in the middle of the season.