Update: Yanks will give Padres permission to interview Eppler for GM job


Thursday: The Yankees will indeed give the Padres permission to speak with Eppler about their GM opening, reports Jon Heyman. Teams usually won’t block an front office member from interviewing for a promotion like this, so this isn’t a surprise.

Wednesday: Via Ken Rosenthal: The Padres have required permission to interview Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler for their now open GM position. Josh Byrnes was fired over the weekend and Eppler, a San Diego native who started his career as a scout with the Padres, is one of several candidates for the job. Buster Olney says he will receive “serious consideration.”

Eppler joined the Yankees in 2004 and was the director of pro scouting from 2005-11 before being promoted to assistant GM. The promotion appeared to put him in line to take over for Brian Cashman whenever the time came. The Padres did not interview Eppler for their last GM opening during the 2009-10 offseason, though he did interview for the Angels’ job three years ago and was reportedly the runner-up to Jerry Dipoto. It’s only a matter of time before Eppler becomes a GM, either as Cashman’s successor or for another team.

Categories : Asides, Front Office


  1. PoopChute says:

    Sounds good… I’ll drive him to the airport… The next GM should be from outside of the organization, we need a fresh set of eyes and new perspective running the team.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I look forward to Hal and Levine replacing Cashman with a figurehead GM they can walk all over.

      • JoeyA says:

        What’s truly stopping them now? His declared autonomy in 2005?

        Changes should have been made throughout organization after last year’s total organizational performance. Instead, nothing was done.

        I’m not for making moves just for the sake of it, but some level of change needs to occur. Development needs to be addressed and emphasized throughout this entire organization bc it’s been abysmal for years.

        • PoopChute says:

          Nothing was done?

          The Yanks fired the strength and conditioning coach… I’m still feeling the shock waves from that massive move.

          • Old Man Time says:

            How do you know what was or was not changed. You may not have seen a new name paraded about in the sports columns, but that doesn’t mean procedural or philosophical changes weren’t put place.

        • The Great Gonzo says:

          Soooooooo, ‘SWEEPING CHANGES’ (read: move, trade fire kill maim and sodomize any and all Yankee personnel that JoeyA wants gone) would have included the movement of Cashman and replacement by a guy who is completely handcuffed to do anything for the same 200Million reasons Cashman is.

          And then, you woulda been the first guy to say “Cashman made this mess, he should have stayed to clean it up”…

          • RetroRob says:

            Not to mention, Eppler was interviewed for the high-profile Angels job, finishing second despite having no GM experience at that point; he’s a serious candidate for the Padres position; and most importantly, he appears to have won the internal battle of the Yankees front office to become the hand-picked candidate to succeed Cashman to run the New York Yankees. (You might have heard of them).

            He received very high marks when he was running the Yankees pro-scouting department, which under his watch was when the Yankees were making decisions to add the likes of Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia and Eric Chavez, etc. Yes, all the pickups that many here laughed at, only to watch them help them Yankees. That area seemed to become much less productive when he was no longer running it.

            MLB is a closed community, and within that community he clearly has a very good reputation. So, sure, let’s just let him leave so that the Yankees can then select from the losers of the Padres’ hunt for a GM to keep the likes of the JoeyA’s of the world happy. And, besides, the most likely scenario is D.O. getting the job. In other words, the loser of the original internal battle.

            Good plan.

      • ron says:

        good. I look forward to more strategical moves that involve giving 3 year 12mil contacts to 8th inning guys.

        Old washed up, overpaid veterans ftw

      • RetroRob says:

        …not to mention, if Eppler leaves, they’ll probably just turn to Damon Oppenheimer. I don’t see them going outside the organization at all.

      • Magic Juan says:

        isn’t that what they have now?

  2. TWTR says:

    I hope he gets the Padres job.

  3. Old Man Time says:

    Good. NY can pay him to be an embedded Yankee and trade all of SD’s useful pieces to NY.

    • Mikhel says:

      I don’t know if the Padres will do the same thing thrice, it already happened to them with Joyer recommended by Theo (and a former President of the Padres and bosux part owner Larry Lucchino) in the bosux, and later replaced by Byrnes who was recommended by Hoyer when Hoyer went with Theo to the Cubs.

  4. vin says:

    I’d hate to see him go, but being GM of a team – any team – is a prestigious position. This situation will give a pretty clear indication of Cashman’s future with the club. If the Yankees decline to give permission, then he’ll definitely be replacing Cashman soon.

  5. Get Phelps Up says:

    Wow, a good old Plank/Ted gem in the comments of linked to “Future of the Front Office” post.

  6. The Great Gonzo says:

    Meh… I would imagine the same people who scream Cashman Failed would be unhappy with Eppler as a replacement.

  7. I still want Cashman as GM for at least the next 5 years personally. It just seems like there would be a hole without him there.

  8. Derek Jeter says:

    who cares

  9. Farewell Mo says:

    Who the heck really knows whether he’s good at his job and if he’d make a good GM.

    I do think the time has come for Cashman to move on though so if the Yankees think he’s the heir apparent, I’d rather he stay .

  10. TheRealGreg says:

    I want a guy who is in player personnel because that area is where baseball is. Drafting and developing talent.

    As for Hal and Randy, winning leads to growing funds, losing leads to less funds.

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead says:

      Your first sentence is the most tautological statement dressed up to sound meaningful I’ve ever read.

  11. Pinedamaybegreata (formerly Monterowasdinero) says:

    Finally we have someone another organization wants!

  12. RetroRob says:

    He has a good reputation. I was looking forward to him taking over for Cashman this coming year, assuming Cash is kicked up to another position, so if they intend to keep him they might want to let him know their plans.

    On the downside, I wonder how much autonomy he would have with Cashman still there, as well as Levine, and of course Hal. That’s the same problem any GM will face taking over, but could be worse from the outside.

    • ALZ says:

      I would really like the ownership to step back. I would like change, but honestly I don’t know how much of the bad moves are really cash’s.

  13. willie w says:

    Billy may be a San Diego native but the San Diego that he grew up in doesn’t exist anymore, San Diego has been ruined by a few million people moving there since he was a kid. its just a big overgrown mess now.
    to paraphrase from an eagles song, kiss paradise goodby

    • RetroRob says:

      True, although it still might beat the Bronx in Billy’s eyes. : -)

      Yet, as Joe Girardi said about the prospect of “moving home” to Chicago when the Cubs were trying to get him to be their manager, he said New York had become more his home than Chicago over the years.

      The same may be true for Eppler. He’s been with the Yankees for a while, probably spending much time in New York and Tampa. San Diego may no longer have the same appeal. Plus, more importantly, he knows the Yankees, and he may rather be the GM of the New York Yankees than the San Diego Padres. That will depend, of course, on if the Yankees are planning to give him that job in very short order. If not, then he may be headed back to San Diego.

    • 619Lifer says:

      Billy is a so cal kid to the bone, surfer and all. If San Diego is an overgrown mess, what do you call NYC?

  14. ALZ says:

    Honestly I think I would move on from Cashman at this time, and I had previously really defended him. The problem though is with the history it is hard to know which moves are his, and which were pushed on by ownership. They really do not know what is best for this team.

  15. PunkPitch says:

    And then there is Damon Oppenheimer – Dressed to the 9′s for his telephone interview with Walmart. GOOD LUCK DAMON!

  16. tom says:

    Good Luck, Eppler.

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