Padres moving forward in search for new GM

Club gets permission from two teams to talk to personnel about job

Padres moving forward in search for new GM

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Padres have received permission from two teams to talk to personnel with other Major League clubs about their general manager opening.

San Diego executive chairman Ron Fowler said Tuesday that process of finding a replacement for Josh Byrnes, who was dismissed Sunday, is moving along.

"The process is well underway and we feel comfortable with it," Fowler said.

The Padres have a list of candidates -- Fowler wouldn't divulge how many -- with varying skill sets and backgrounds. Some are employed by teams, some aren't.

"I think that we have a good list. [Team president] Mike [Dee] has done a very good job talking to people the last two months to identify the bright general managers, assistant general managers and directors of player personal and others," Fowler said.

Fowler said he expects that after initial interviews, the team will whittle the list down to "three or four."

Fowler said that assistant general managers A.J. Hinch and Fred Uhlman Jr. and senior vice president of baseball operations Omar Minaya will get an interview.

"If they are interested in an interview, they'll get it," he said.

On Monday morning, Hinch, Uhlman Jr. and Minaya met with Dee and Fowler to divide the front office duties among the three. Fowler deferred to Dee as to who will do what.

Fowler wouldn't give a timeline as to when he would like the job to be filled, though getting permission from teams could lengthen the process some.

On Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com said the team is set to interview former Marlins GM Larry Beinfest and has asked permission to talk to assistant general managers Mike Hazen (Red Sox), Billy Eppler (Yankees), Thad Levine (Rangers), David Forst (A's), Mike Girsch (Cardinals) and Cubs vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod.

There are other qualified candidates the Padres could reach out to, including Braves assistant GM John Coppolella, who has a background in scouting and advanced metrics. Damon Oppenheimer, the Yankees' scouting director, could be another. He has ties to the Padres, as his mother, Priscella, is a former Padres director of Minor League operations.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.