The San Diego Union-Tribune, citing a source, is reporting that the selection of Red Sox assistant general manager Jed Hoyer as the next G.M. of the San Diego Padres is "imminent." Hoyer has been perceived for some time in baseball circles as the front-runner for the position.
Padres CEO Jeff Moorad declined to comment on Hoyer's candidacy for the article, though his comments were in keeping with the notion that the Padres hope to name the successor to Kevin Towers -- who was fired at the end of the 2009 season after 14 years as the San Diego architect -- before the start of the World Series.
“We're still working on it,” Moorad told the Union-Tribune via e-mail Wednesday night. “We have a couple follow-up discussions scheduled for (Thursday), then are likely to move toward a decision.”
Hoyer, 35, has been with the Red Sox since 2002, when he was hired as an intern. He was named Assistant to the General Manager in 2003, served briefly as the co-G.M. of the Sox (along with Ben Cherington) from Dec. 2005-Jan. 2006, before being named Assistant G.M. with Theo Epstein's return to the organization in 2006.
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