The San Diego Padres announced the firing of general manager Josh Byrnes on Sunday, as Fox Sports San Diego's Scott Miller reports. Byrnes was hired by the team's previous owner, Jeff Moorad, in 2010 and was named general manager in 2011. The team produced a 184-215 record (.461 winning percentage) under his guidance and did not make a postseason appearance.
Team president and CEO Mike Dee released a public statement on the matter:
"This ownership group is committed to fielding a team that consistently competes for postseason play. Thus far this season, the results on the field have been mixed at best and clearly have not lived up to expectations. After a lengthy evaluation of every facet of our baseball operations, we have decided to make this change today."
Miller reports that the team will begin a search for Byrnes' replacement and hopes to have someone in place later this year. While the search for a replacement is underway, former Mets GM Omar Minaya will be among the executives filling the void. Minaya, San Diego's senior vice president of baseball operations, will join assistant general managers A.J. Hinch and Fred Uhlman Jr. in handling Byrnes' responsibilities. They will play key roles with the trade deadline quickly approaching.
The Padres are currently 32-43, good for fourth place in the NL West.