Padres, new general manager Hoyer try to keep player development staff intact

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After hiring Jed Hoyer as their new general manager earlier this week the Padres fired vice president for scouting and player development Grady Fuson and reassigned scouting director Bill Gayton.
Those are two of the front office’s most important positions and it’s understandable that Hoyer would want to fill them with his own choices, but he stopped well short of a complete overhaul yesterday by offering 2010 contracts to all of the Padres’ amateur scouts, cross-checkers, and minor-league instructors, managers, and coaches.
Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune notes that those contracts cover a total of about 70 positions representing the backbone of the Padres’ player-development system. “I’m not sure everyone will return, some might take jobs elsewhere, but we’ve offered them all contracts for 2010,” Hoyer said.

Phillies, Jake Arrieta having a “dialogue”

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No, not like a Socratic dialogue, in which each side, in a mostly cooperative, but intellectually confrontational manner interrogate one another as a means of testing assertions and finding truths, though that would be an AMAZING thing for baseball players and teams to do. Rather, low-level talks about possible interest in Jake Arrieta, baseball free agent.

Arrieta is probably the top free agent still available, now that Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer have signed. Philly has money — it’s a big market — and could use a pitcher, but Jon Heyman, who, much like Plato did for Socrates, reported the dialogue, says they’re not looking to go long term with anyone.

It may make sense for Arrieta to take a so-called “pillow contract” and come back on the market in a year, but if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal, there are a lot of teams other than Philly who may offer one, and you’d have to figure Arrieta would prefer to pitch for a team more likely to contend.

Dialogues are cool, though. You should go have one over lunch.