Padres Face Roster Decisions

Players in question could be subjected to Rule 5 draft





SAN DIEGO—The front office was turned upside down with the departures of general manager Jed Hoyer and vice president Jason McLeod, the man who ran the organization's drafts, to the Cubs, and director of player personnel Chris Gwynn to the Mariners.

Josh Byrnes replaced Hoyer as GM, and he moved quickly to build his new front office, including the hiring of Chad MacDonald away from the Mets as assistant GM for player personnel. They'll need to get up to speed quickly because the club has some major decisions to make.

Already, catcher Rob Johnson elected free agency after clearing waivers. Johnson saw extended big league action when Nick Hundley was hurt, but hit just .190 in 199 at-bats and lost his backup job to youngster Luis Martinez.

Outfielder Cedric Hunter and lefthander Evan Scribner were claimed off waivers by the Athletics. A third-round pick in 2006, Hunter—who made the big club out of spring training but got just four at-bats before getting sent down—showed flashes of brilliance in his career, but hit just .255 this season at Triple-A. Scribner, who was obtained in a 2008 trade that sent Tony Clark to the Diamondbacks, also saw big league time this season, posting a 7.07 ERA in 10 games, and was generally unimpressive.

Those moves cleared space on the 40-man roster for pitchers Dustin Moseley and Clayton Richard and Triple-A shortstop Evereth Cabrera, all of whom had been on the 60-day disabled list.

With the Rule 5 draft looming and minor leaguers like Matt Clark, Jonathan Galvez, Pedro Hernandez, Colt Hynes, Rymer Liriano, Juan Oramas, Edinson Rincon, Nick Schmidt and Nick Vincent in their protection years, Byrnes and his staff have important roster decisions to make.

FATHER FIGURES

• Jedd Gyorko had a big season offensively and continued his hot hitting in the Arizona Fall League, batting .431/.493/.723 with four doubles and five home runs. Jaff Decker was hitting .320/.433/.493 with eight extra-base hits after 20 games.

• On the mound, Anthony Bass was 1-0, 5.30 in 19 innings with 23 hits allowed, but he had a 22-3 strikeout-walk ratio. Schmidt was struggling at 1-0, 7.41 after 17 innings. He had walked 11 while striking out 19.