Josh Byrnes officially replaced Jed Hoyer as General Manager of the San Diego Padres on Halloween of 2011, after Hoyer booked it for his dream gig to be general manager of the cursed Chicago Cubs.
When I first heard of Hoyer’s departure it made me angry. I thought Hoyer sold out. It made me think that everything Hoyer built in San Diego was always intended to be a stepping stone to better and bigger things. I had actually bought into the whole Hoyer philosophy of developing the farm system, which I felt he did a great job at. When Byrnes became general manger of the Padres, I was nervous to see if the organization would suffer a major set back as far as player development was concerned.
However, I got to say Byrnes has made quite an impression on me with his blockbuster trades style. Both GM’s have been busy this off season with Byrnes trading the likes of Mat Latos and acquiring Carlos Quentin. While Hoyer has traded away Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano and acquired young stud Travis Wood.
Here is a run down of the moves both Hoyer and Byrnes have made this off season. I know the Cubs and Padres are two different teams playing in two different divisions with two different roster needs, but tell me in the comments box who made the biggest splash this offseason? Also, do you think Hoyer would have made the same deals as Byrnes if he were still the Padres GM and was dealt the same cards as Byrnes? Let me know in the comment box.
Here is a list of off season transactions made by both general managers
December 31, 2011 Acquired OF Carlos Quentin from the Chicago White Sox for RHP Simon Castro and LHP Pedro Hernandez.
December 17, 2011 Traded RHP Mat Latos to Cincinnati for RHP Edinson Volquez, RHP Brad Boxberger, INF Yonder Alonso and C Yasmani Grandal. Designated C Luis Martinez for assignment.
December 13, 2011 Agreed to terms with OF Chris Denorfia on a one-year contract. Declined to tender a contract to OF Jeremy Hermida.
December 9, 2011 Traded LHP Nick Schmidt to Colorado to complete an earlier trade.
December 8, 2011 Selected INF Michael Wing from the L.A. Angels in the Rule 5 draft.
December 5, 2011 Named Omar Minaya senior vice president of baseball operations.
November 22, 2011 Traded LHP Wade LeBlanc to Florida for C John Baker.
November 18, 2011 Selected the contracts of RHP Nick Vincent from San Antonio (TL), LHP Jose De Paula and INF Edinson Rincon from Lake Elsinore (Cal), LHP Pedro Hernandez and LHP Juan Oramas from Tucson (PCL) and OF Rymer Liriano from Fort Wayne (MWL).
November 17, 2011 Named Alonzo Powell assistant hitting coach.
November 16, 2011 Requested waivers on INF Alberto Gonzalez for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. Agreed to terms with OF Mark Kotsay on a one-year contract.
November 10, 2011 Named John Gibbons manager of San Antonio (Texas); Shawn Wooten manager and David Newhan hitting coach of Lake Elsinore (Cal); Jose Valentin manager of Fort Wayne (MWL); and Michael Collins manager, Julio Ramirez outfield coach and Mel Rojas and Jackson Quezada pitching coaches of the Dominican Summer League affiliate.
November 3, 2011 Named Chad MacDonald vice president/assistant general manager of player personnel.
November 1, 2011 Named Phil Plantier hitting coach.
-According to espn.com
December 30, 2011 Named Bill Buckner minor league hitting coach.
December 26, 2011 Agreed to terms with LHP Andy Sonnanstine and RHP Manny Corpas on one-year contracts.
December 22, 2011 Named Brandon Hyde minor league field coordinator; James Rowson minor league hitting coordinator; Tom Beyers short season hitting coordinator; Bill Dancy infield coordinator; Dave Bialas manager, Dave Keller hitting coach and Nick Frangella athletic trainer for Iowa (PCL); Buddy Bailey manager, Jeff Fassero pitching coach and Aaron Larson athletic trainer for Tennessee (SL); Brian Harper manager, Marty Mason pitching coach, Desi Wilson hitting coach and Peter Fagan athletic trainer for Daytona (FSL); Tom Pratt pitching coach, Barbaro Garbey hitting coach and Shane Nelson athletic trainer for Peoria (MWL); Bobby Mitchell manager of Mesa (Arziona); and Juan Cabreja manager and Ricardo Medina h
December 17, 2011 Named Chris Bosio pitching coach, Dave McKay first base coach, Jamie Quirk bench coach and Mike Borzello and Franklin Fort major league staff assistants. Reassigned bench coach Pat Listach to third base coach.
December 13, 2011 Declined to tender a contract to C Koyie Hill.
December 9, 2011 Claimed INF Jeff Bianchi off waivers from Kansas City.
December 8, 2011 Selected INF Ricky Alvarez from the L.A. Angels in the Rule 5 draft. Acquired 3B Ian Stewart and RHP Casey Weathers from the Colorado Rockies for OF Tyler Colvin and INF D.J. LeMahieu.
December 1, 2011 Agreed to terms with OF David DeJesus on a two-year contract.
November 18, 2011 Agreed to terms with manager Dale Sveum on a three-year contract. Selected the contracts of LHP Beliveau, INF Junior Lake and INF Josh Vitters from Tennessee (SL) and OF Matt Szczur from Daytona (FSL). Assigned RHP Esmailin Caridad, RHP Kyle Smit and OF Lou Montanez outright to Iowa (PCL).
November 17, 2011 Named Dale Sveum manager.
November 15, 2011 Named Shiraz Rehman assistant to the general manager.
November 7, 2011 Named Joe Bohringer director of pro scouting.
November 2, 2011 Fired manager Mike Quade.
November 1, 2011 Announced 3B Aramis Ramirez has declined his side of a 2012 mutual contract option.
October 31, 2011 Exercised their side of the 2012 mutual contract option on 3B Aramis Ramirez.
October 29, 2011 Announced RHP Ryan Dempster exercised his 2012 contract option
-According to espn.com