Padres interview Red Sox assistant GM Hazen
Search for new general manager continues with sixth candidate interviewed
DENVER -- The Padres interviewed their sixth candidate for their general manager vacancy on Tuesday -- Red Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen.
Hazen got his start with the Indians as their assistant director of Minor League operations in 2004 before eventually moving to the Red Sox in 2007 as director of player development. He was later promoted to his current position in 2012. His area of expertise is player development.
Previously, the team interviewed former Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest, Dodgers vice president of amateur scouting Logan White, D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery, Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler and Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller.
The team is also expected to interview Kim Ng, who is the senior vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball, possibly as early as this week.
Executive chairman Ron Fowler and team president and CEO Mike Dee have conducted the interviews. The team will likely bring back around four candidates for second interviews, Dee said. Dee has said he expects the new GM to be on the job sometime after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
The list of GM candidates could see additions and subtractions.
So far, four candidates -- David Forst of the A's, Mike Chernoff of the Indians, Jason McLeod of the Cubs and Michael Girsch of the Cardinals -- have declined interviews. Forst, Chernoff and Girsch are assistant general managers. McLeod, who previously worked for the Padres, is the Cubs' scouting director.
The Padres' senior vice president of baseball operations, Omar Minaya, has said he will not ask for an interview. Current Padres assistant GM A.J. Hinch is a viable candidate for the job. He is currently handling the daily operations of the big league team.