Terry Kennedy will return as the Padres Triple-A manager at Tucson while Shawn Wooten (low Single-A Fort Wayne), Pat Murphy (short-season Single-A Eugene) and Jim Gabella (Arizona Rookie League) will make their managerial debuts in the Padres system next season.
Former Arizona State University coach Pat Murphy has been named as the manager for the Padres short-season affiliate in Eugene in 2011.
Murphy, who was a special assistant in the front office last season, has won 1,000 games at the collegiate level and was the head coach at Arizona State from 1995-2009.
For a guy who was throwing in the mid to high 90s, a big-bodied pitcher with tons of movement, Padres reliever Ryan Webb wasn’t nearly as dominating in the Minor Leagues as he probably should have been.
Gerald Laird, Bengie Molina, Miguel Olivo, Matt Treanor, Jason Varitek and Gregg Zaun are among the free agent catchers who could be willing to accept part-time jobs, so they could fit in San Diego if their demands fit the Padres’ budget. It’s too early to rule out Henry Blanco and Yorvit Torrealba, the two catchers who shared time with Hundley in 2009-10, but A.J. Pierzynski probably isn’t a fit. He said he’d like to catch in San Diego, but other teams figure to offer more playing time and more money.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka will likely be posted some time this week by the Chiba Lotte Marines and when he is, he hopes the Dodgers will post the highest fee. Though the Dodgers are his first choice, LA Times’ Dylan Hernandez adds that Nishioka would also play for any other West Coast team (San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks).