Jed Hoyer will be named as the next general manager of the San Diego Padres, according to CBSSports.com sources, with the official announcement expected to come early next week, probably Monday.
Hoyer, 35, currently Boston's senior vice-president and assistant GM, will replace Kevin Towers, who was the longest tenured GM in the game until he was fired at season's end.
The hire will be the second time that Jeff Moorad, San Diego's chief executive officer, has gone to Boston to hire a GM. Current Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes, like Hoyer, was an assistant under Red Sox GM Theo Epstein in Boston when Moorad hired him in Arizona in 2005.
The Padres' job will be Hoyer's first as the man in charge (though he did serve a 44-day stint as Boston's "co-GM" in '05 when Epstein briefly left the organization.
Hoyer was hired by the Red Sox in 2003, when he was just 28, and has since become one of Epstein's most trusted assistants. A native of Plymouth, N.H., and a 1996 graduate of Wesleyan University, Hoyer has aided Epstein in all aspects of Boston's baseball operations department including player acquisitions and evaluations and contract negotiations.
Hoyer also is a student of blending scouting and quantitative analysis, which is part of what Moorad clearly meant when, in dismissing Towers after 14 seasons with the organization, he said he wanted a GM with more of a "strategic approach." At the time, he referred to Towers as a "gunslinger."
The Red Sox are noted for blending sabermatrics -- statistical analysis -- and scouting as well as any franchise in the game.
The Padres last season finished strong, compiling a winning record in August and September to go 75-87 and finish fourth in the NL West. Hoyer is said to have been impressed with the job manager Bud Black did as several other losing clubs, such as Pittsburgh, Washington and Kansas City, slogged through miserable Septembers.
He is, however, expected to make some changes in the baseball operations department. Among those who could be on their way out are Grady Fuston, vice-president of scouting and player development, and Bill "Chief" Gayton, the club's director of scouting. The Padres have had a string of several disappointing drafts over the past decade.
The status of executive vice-president Paul DePodesta, former Dodgers GM, is unclear. Before he left, former club president Sandy Alderson set DePodesta up with a three-year contract believed to be worth $800,000 annually that does not expire until after the 2011 season.
Kim Ng, the Dodgers' vice-president and assistant GM, also interviewed for the Padres job.
Hoyer played baseball while at Wesleyan, pitching and playing shortstop for a team that reached the NCAA Division III championship game.
The Red Sox celebrated Hoyer earlier Friday, ESPN's Peter Gammons tweeted, by holding a going away lunch for him.