What did you do this winter? …
I went to Europe with my wife and built a fence.
Jed Hoyer, the first-year general manager of the Padres, has certainly been far busier than I have, though that fence was a bear to build.
Anyway, here’s the story I wrote today, sort of a kickoff for Spring Training, on the first winter Hoyer endured here in San Diego, one full of challenges he won’t face again.
This is a guy who hasn’t been on the job five months and, in my opinion, has made a number of smart baseball moves within the tight payroll parameters he’s had to deal with. Jon Garland, Yorvit Torrealba, the Hairston boys, etc.
He’s also made a number of good front-office moves — Josh Stein, keeping Fred Uhlman Jr., Chris Gwynn, Jason McLeod, Randy Smith, Jaron Madison — moves, you can argue, will be every bit as important in the long run as any free agent signing.
I talked to Hoyer’s former boss/mentor, Theo Epstein in Boston, about Hoyer and he told me this:
“There’s a lot going on. There’s a lot to do to keep your head above
water while you’re trying to develop your vision for the organization,”
Epstein said. “The most important moves he’s made are the ones for the
long haul [in the front office staff].”
So, on the eve of heading to Spring Training, what do you think of the job that Hoyer has done? Remember, we’re talking players and front office hires here.
Corey Brock, MLB.com, Twitter: @FollowThePadres