Sources – Padres grant permission for Bob Melvin, Giants interview

The San Diego Padres granted permission for supervisor Bob Melvin to interview with the San Francisco Giants, sources informed ESPN, paving the way in which for an interdivision managerial change and the top of a contentious two-year relationship between Melvin and the Padres.

Whereas league sources believed the opportunity of Melvin rising as the highest candidate in San Francisco have been logical, the rarity of 1 supervisor leaping to a division rival whereas nonetheless beneath contract dampened the chance. Granting permission makes Melvin the clear favourite for the San Francisco job, although as a result of he is nonetheless beneath contract with the Padres for one 12 months at $4 million, the workforce may pursue compensation if he's the Giants' option to replace Gabe Kapler.

The Padres mentioned in early October they supposed to retain Melvin and basic supervisor A.J. Preller, even after the gradual fracture of their partnership because the Padres' near-$250 million roster produced 82 wins and a third-place end within the Nationwide League West. Melvin's arrival in October 2021 had been seen as a coup for the Padres, as he left his job — whereas nonetheless beneath contract with the Oakland A's — after 11 seasons, with a 853-764 report and 6 playoff appearances. Belief between he and Preller by no means developed, and sources believed their relationship was past restore regardless of the general public proclamation of each returning for the 2024 season.

“From my standpoint, loads's been overblown,” Preller mentioned when asserting his and Melvin's return. “There are stories we do not communicate, and we're speaking 4 or 5 occasions a day. Personally, we have now a friendship. All these issues, I do not put loads of inventory into the unnamed stories and sources and tales which can be out of context. I believe it is actually onerous to touch upon these issues until you could have actual specifics and particulars and names hooked up to these issues.

“Bob is our supervisor,” Preller added. “He is gonna be our supervisor going ahead. Rather a lot's been mentioned, clearly, in the previous couple of weeks, however each he and I are very excited in regards to the problem of getting this group again to the postseason subsequent 12 months. From that standpoint, loads's been mentioned, and I believe with Bob and myself, I believe, simply even within the final couple days, you get an opportunity to recap and have a look at some various things, and each of us really feel actually good with the place issues are at shifting ahead.”

The Giants' request for permission to speak with Melvin, first reported by The Athletic, got here early within the week, sources mentioned. Had been Melvin to be employed, it would not be the primary time a Padres supervisor beneath contract left for San Francisco. After 12 seasons as San Diego supervisor, Bruce Bochy absconded to San Francisco, the place he received three World Sequence.

San Francisco has been unable to recapture its glory days since Bochy, now managing the Texas Rangers within the American League Championship Sequence, retired and was changed by Kapler earlier than the 2020 season. The Giants fired Kapler on Sept. 29, three days earlier than the top of a 79-83 season that wasn't as disappointing because the Padres' however noticed attendance flatline. It was the second consecutive mediocre season after an NL West-winning 107-55 marketing campaign in 2021.

San Francisco had already talked with inner candidates, together with bench coach Kai Correa, third-base coach Mark Hallberg and assistant coach Alyssa Nakken, who became the first woman to interview for a major league managerial position. If Melvin does go to San Francisco, he's anticipated to obtain relative autonomy in filling out his employees, with just a few teaching holdovers sure, sources mentioned.

San Diego, with a star-filled lineup that features Juan Soto, Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Xander Bogaerts, would instantly grow to be the one of many extra engaging jobs obtainable. Ought to Melvin go away, the brand new supervisor can be the fourth full-time rent for Preller since he joined the Padres in 2014. Two inner candidates are prone to obtain important consideration, sources mentioned: senior adviser Mike Shildt and bench coach Ryan Flaherty.

Shildt, 55, is a former St. Louis Cardinals supervisor who joined the Padres earlier than the 2022 season. In his 3½ years working the Cardinals, he went 252-199 with playoff appearances in every of his three full seasons. St. Louis surprisingly fired him following the 2021 season, wherein it went 90-72 and misplaced within the NL wild card recreation. Flaherty, 37, spent eight years as a significant league utilityman and was promoted to bench coach and offensive coordinator earlier than 2023 after spending the earlier 4 years as a quality-control coach.

Whereas uncommon, managers have jumped to division rivals nonetheless beneath contract. The newest got here following the 2012 season, when Toronto Blue Jays supervisor John Farrell went to the Boston Red Sox. As compensation, the Crimson Sox despatched infielder Mike Aviles to Toronto, which traded reliever David Carpenter again to Boston.

At present, three groups along with San Francisco are searching for new managers: Cleveland, the place Terry Francona stepped away from managing, the New York Mets, who fired Buck Showalter, and the Los Angeles Angels, who declined the option on Phil Nevin's contract for 2024.

Milwaukee supervisor Craig Counsell, considered one of many recreation's finest, may hit the open market, too, together with his contract set to run out on the finish of the month.

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