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Red Sox confirm Hoyer to take Padres GM job

Jed Hoyer, who served as one of general manager Theo Epstein’s most trusted and capable assistants during his seven seasons as a member of the Red Sox front office, was named general manager of the San Diego Padres today, the club announced.

The Padres’ hiring of the 35-year-old Hoyer, who most recently served as a senior vice president and assistant general manager of the Red Sox, had been considered a formality in the past several days. It remains uncertain when the Padres will make a formal announcement.

‘“Jed has been an immensely valuable member of our baseball ops team since joining the Red Sox in 2002,” Epstein said in a press release. “His combination of analytical ability, feel for the game, interpersonal skills and creativity helped make us tick, and he played a role in virtually every major decision we have made. His loyalty and friendship will be missed, and we know he will continue to make us proud.”

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Hoyer, a Plymouth, N.H., native who pitched and played shortstop at Wesleyan, joined the Red Sox’ baseball operations staff in 2002 and was named assistant to the general manager following the ’03 season. He first gained prominence among Red Sox fans following the ’05 season, when he and Ben Cherington served as co-general managers during Epstein’s 10-week hiatus after a falling out with team president and chief executive officer Larry Lucchino.

During Epstein’s absence, Hoyer and Cherington, along with fellow front office members Bill Lajoie and Craig Shipley, made a couple of significant transactions, most notably the deal that sent shortstop Hanley Ramirez and prospects to the Florida Marlins for pitcher Josh Beckett and third baseman Mike Lowell.

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“John Henry, Tom Werner and our entire ownership join Theo in expressing our gratitude and best wishes to Jed as he takes on this exciting new challenge in his already bright career as a baseball executive,” said Larry Lucchino. “Throughout the eight seasons that he spent with us, his insight, hard work and great judgment were integral to the team’s success. In Jed, the Padres are catching a rising star and we will miss him both professionally and personally.”

Hoyer was promoted to senior vice president/assistant general manager on Jan. 12, 2009 with his primary duties focused on assisting Epstein in all player acquisitions, contract negotiations and player evaluations. During his tenure in Boston, he was involved in building the Red Sox roster, as well as major league scouting, quantitative analysis and advance scouting.

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Cherington, now the club’s only senior VP/assistant GM, will transition from his role overseeing scouting and player development to a more traditional assistant GM role focusing on major league roster construction, professional player evaluation, and contract negotiations.

According to a press release from the Red Sox, with Cherington’s change in duties, Jason McLeod and Mike Hazen will have “full autonomy” in their roles as scouting director and farm director, respectively, and will report directly to Epstein.

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