Tag:Josh Byrnes
Posted on: October 12, 2010 2:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:21 pm

Dodgers' White to interview for Mets GM job

According to folks in Los Angeles, Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White is interviewing for the Mets' general manager position.

ESPNLosAngeles' Tony Jackson was the first to report White would interview on Friday, but then the New York Daily News refuted that report , saying the interview was only to be a scout. However, since then, MLB.com and the Los Angeles Times have also reported White will interview for the GM job.

White's two-year contract expires this year, but he has reached an agreement with the team on a new deal, according to the Times .

White interviewed for the Diamondbacks GM position that went to Kevin Towers. He also interviewed for the Astros GM job in 2007.

White will be the fifth person to interview with the Mets, along with Sandy Alderson, Rick Hahn, Josh Byrnes and Allard Baird.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 4:34 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:21 pm

Mets to interview four for GM job

The Mets will begin interviews for their general manager position this week, the New York Post 's Dan Martin reports .

Sandy Alderson has already told reporters he's scheduled an interview. A team official also told the Post the team will also interview White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, former Royals GM Allard Baird and former Arizona GM Josh Byrnes.

However, the Post also reports more people could be added to the interview list.

UPDATE: Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger tweets Baird interviewed today, Hahn will interview tomorrow, Byrnes Wednesday and Alderson on Thursday or Friday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 11:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:22 pm

Diamondbacks clean house, fire Hinch and Byrnes

A.J. Hinch The Arizona Diamondbacks have had enough with the team's chronic underperforming and pulled the plug Thursday on its GM and manager. With a 31-48 record so far on the year, general manager Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch (pictured, right) were given their walking papers according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports adds that Kirk Gibson of World Series fame will replace Hinch. Gibson served as bench coach for the Tigers from 2003 to midway 2005 when he became the hitting coach. He joined Arizona as bench coach in 2007.

Hinch was fired midway into his first full season as manager after replacing Bob Melvin in 2009 and going 58-75 the rest of the way. He had moved down from the front office to take over the role just five years after his final playing days with Philadelphia.

Byrnes is one of the brightest young minds in the game but was let go despite a contract running through the 2015 season. He was first hired in November 2006 after serving as Boston's assistant general manager. He oversaw the exit of Arizona from financial turmoil into one of the brightest young teams in the majors -- but the team could never figure out how to get over the hump.

Byrnes and Hinch were derided for their belief in "organizational advocacy," with the hiring of Hinch seen as further evidence that Byrnes had near-unparalleled financial control.

Now he has none.

UPDATE : Nightengale reveals that Jerry DiPoto is the new GM. DiPoto was a scout for the Red Sox beginning in 2003, then moved to be the head of the scouting department for Colorado in 2005 before joining Byrnes in Arizona as director of scouting.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: June 16, 2010 4:40 pm

Wheeling and dealing only just started in Arizona

Even when the Diamondbacks return from their roadtrip on Monday, players may not want to lose track of their bags -- Conor Jackson may have been the trendsetter in an exodus from the desert.

Arizona general manager Josh Byrnes told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that more moves are likely on the way.

"We aren't where we need to be in the standings and as far as sort of the things we'd like to do to adjust the roster, there's also payroll considerations as we try to sort of get ready for next year," Byrnes said.

One of the team's most valuable trade pieces is starter Dan Haren. Haren tells Piecoro he likes the team's talent, but not the way they've played. Arizona is already 12 games behind the Padres in the National League West and 13 games below .500, so this team is contending anytime soon. Haren has two years left on his four-year, $44.75 million contract. His salary bumps up from $8.25 million this season to $12.75 million in both of the next two seasons, with a club option for 2013.

The Diamondbacks have plenty of young talent, and Haren said he'd like to stick around.

"That said, at this point in my career, I probably wouldn't want to be part of something like that," Haren told the newspaper. "Then again, I haven't really won anything since 2006 and I also want to win."

First baseman Adam LaRoche could be traded, but his 2011 mutual option ($1.5 million buyout) increases from $7.5 million to $9.5 million if traded, so he'd likely be a one-year rental.

Other trade options include closer Chad Qualls and second baseman Kelly Johnson.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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