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Fri, 10/23/2009 - 6:47pm  

Reports: Hoyer to become Padres GM

According to multiple reports, Red Sox Assistant G.M. Jed Hoyer will be named the G.M. of the San Diego Padres. CBSSports.com is reporting that Hoyer's hiring will be announced in a press conference in San Diego early next week, perhaps on Monday.
 
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.
 
Hoyer is perhaps best known for having spent his Thanksgiving in 2003 at Curt Schilling’s house, helping to convince the pitcher to waive his no-trade clause and agree to come to Boston. Hoyer also played significant roles in the deal that brought Coco Crisp to the Red Sox from the Indians (a deal whose groundwork was laid while Hoyer and Cherington were co-GMs) and the contract extension for Dustin Pedroia, among others.
 
The Padres GM opening is considered attractive for several reasons. In addition to the fact that San Diego is considered one of the top places in the country to live, the Padres play in a ballpark that allows for the creation of a significant home-field advantage, both the area and park can be used as selling points to free agents, and the payroll features few to no dead-weight contracts.
 
Moreover, Hoyer’s former Boston colleague Josh Byrnes — formerly the Red Sox assistant G.M., now the G.M. of the Arizona Diamondbacks — had an excellent working relationship with Moorad. As CEO of the Diamondbacks, Moorad signed Byrnes to an eight-year extension (through the 2015 season) that provided as much job security as virtually any employee — player, manager, coach or executive — in the industry.




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