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Padres fire GM Josh Byrnes

06.23.14 at 10:10 am ET
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After 2 1/2 lackluster seasons in which the Padres struggled to break out of the NL West cellar, general manager Josh Byrnes has been relieved of his duties.

The Padres announced the move in a release Sunday, just a few minutes before the team took on the Dodgers at Petco Park.

Padres president and CEO Mike Dee announced in the statement that the team would begin looking for Byrnes’€™ replacement immediately. In the meantime, senior vice president for baseball operations Omar Minaya and assistant general managers A.J. Hinch and Fred Uhlman, Jr. will take over Byrnes’ duties.

Minaya served as general manager of the Mets from 2005-10, while Hinch was manager of the Diamondbacks from 2009-10.

“This ownership group is committed to fielding a team that consistently competes for postseason play,” said Dee, a former Red Sox COO. “Thus far this season, the results on the field have been mixed at best and clearly have not lived up to expectations. After a lengthy evaluation of every facet of our baseball operations, we have decided to make this change today.”

Byrnes, who served as assistant general manager of the Red Sox from 2001-05, was hired by the Padres as their senior vice president for baseball operations in December 2010 after being fired as general manager of the Diamondbacks — a position he held for five seasons.

While San Diego increased its payroll by nearly $40 million during Byrnes’€™ tenure with the team, the team has seen little success on the field.

The Padres finished with 76-86 records during Byrnes’€™ first two seasons with the club and are currently 32-43 and 12 1/2 games out of first place in the NL West.

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