It’s still not official, but the Padres are expected to introduce Red Sox assistant GM Jed Hoyer as their new general manager sometime soon. The team had reportedly expressed interest in Billy Eppler, the Yanks’ director of pro scouting, for the position, though apparently he was never interviewed for the gig. Like Hoyer, Eppler’s one of the game’s better young GM prospects, so it’s only a matter of time before someone hires him away from the boys in the Bronx. For now though, the Yanks are more than happy to have him.
According to MLB.com’s Corey Brock, with a hat tip to MLBTR, Yanks director of pro scouting Billy Eppler has been rumored as a candidate for the Padres’ vacant GM spot. The Padres, however, have not yet asked permission to speak with him. Eppler has been Brian Cashman’s most trusted adviser since 2005 and runs a department of 12 scouts who cover the Big Leagues and Japan. Assuming San Diego’s rumored interest is in fact true, this should be the first of many GM opportunities for Eppler, just 33 years old.