Are changes afoot in San Diego?

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune's Bill Center, the Padres might soon have a new general manager ...

    In years past, the Padres have been observers of Black Monday. But could that change this Monday as the Padres continue to advance under the ownership transition from John Moores to Jeff Moorad's group?
    This is going to be the Padres' first offseason with Moorad as CEO. And recently Moorad said there would be changes in Baseball Operations just as there was in the business end of the franchise last July when 13 members of that staff were fired.

    Baseball Operations includes everyone from General Manager Kevin Towers down through the scouts and the support staff.

    But Moorad has been mum on what changes might be made.


    Three years ago, Towers was given permission to talk to the Diamondbacks about their vacant general manager's position. The CEO at the time was Moorad. Towers became a finalist, but didn't get the job.

    Does that help him or hurt him with Moorad today? No one is saying.

No one is saying? Seems to me that nobody has to say anything. Three years ago, Towers presumably wasn't Moorad's first choice. Does it seem likely that he would be Moorad's first choice, today?
Center mentions a few other points:

• The Padres are going to win at least 74 games this season, after winning only 63 last year.

True, but the Padres' run diffential this season is almost identical to last season's.

• The Padres have benefited this season from a bunch of young players.

True, but many of those young players are either not particularly young or not particularly good.

• The Padres have spent very little money on salaries this season, particularly after trading Jake Peavy.

True. Just flat true.

Just two seasons ago, the Padres finished just one pitch short of a third straight playoff appearance. The bottom fell out last season, and the bottom's still out. But Towers has made a couple of solid trades this season, and there really is some talent in the pipeline (though much of it's still two or three years away).

The bottom line, I think, is that Moorad is a strong personality who's been around baseball for a long time and knows what he wants. And it shouldn't be surprising if he wants his own guy running the front office.