The search is progressing quickly for the San Diego Padres' next general manager.
On Monday, before San Diego's 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds, the Padres interviewed their second candidate in the eight days since Josh Byrnes was removed from the general manager post.
Logan White, the Los Angeles Dodgers vice president of amateur scouting, met with Padres officials on Monday.
White makes a lot of sense as he fits many of the criteria stated by the Padres. He is draft-savvy, and the Padres are looking to build for the future through the draft.
Over the past four years, 22 players drafted by White reached the major leagues with the Dodgers. His draft picks include pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley, outfielder Matt Kemp and catchers A.J. Ellis and Russell Martin.
Last week, the Padres interviewed former Miami Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest. Mike Hazen of the Red Sox is scheduled to be interviewed next week, but Jason McLeod of the Cubs and David Forst of the A's declined interview invitations.
HARPER SHAKES UP NATS
Bryce Harper came off the disabled list on Monday in time to start against the Colorado Rockies. That is the good news.
The challenging news for first-year manager Matt Williams may be how to manage egos and playing time as he makes out the starting lineup the rest of the season if all of his regulars stay healthy.
Since Harper was hurt in April, former third baseman Ryan Zimmerman returned from the DL June 3, and he has been playing left field most of the time.
Harper was in left field in the starting lineup Monday and batting in the No. 6 hole with Zimmerman at third base. Anthony Rendon, who has been playing at third base since
Zimmerman got hurt, moved to second. Danny Espinosa, the regular second sacker, was sent to the bench.
Zimmerman had three hits in the 7-3 win while Harper had one hit and scored a run and drove in a run.
Williams said Zimmerman could play in left field, at third base and at first base. That could mean that on any given night, a regular such as center fielder Denard Span, right fielder Jayson Werth and first baseman Adam LaRoche could get a night off.
"It's going to be a daily thing," Williams said of the starting lineup. "It depends on a lot of things. If I had a crystal ball, it would be great. But I don't."
FRANCONA LIKING BRANTLEY
Michael Brantley is developing into the total package, according to Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona.
"I think he understands the league a little bit better, understands himself a little bit better, what (the opposition) is trying to do him," Francona said of the left fielder before the Indians' 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. "Some of those balls he hit in the gap are now carrying for home runs. He's always been a consistent player, but now he's consistent at a higher level, which is good for us.”
Brantley, 27, is batting .314 with 12 home runs and 53 RBIs after going 0-for-3 Monday. He also has nine stolen bases. Brantley's arm has produce nine outfield assists, leaving him tied for second in the majors behind Oakland Yoenis Cespedes, who has 10.
RED SOX TRADE HILL
The Boston Red Sox traded left-handed relief pitcher Rich Hill to the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations, the team said Tuesday.
Hill, 34, has pitched in 181 major league games in his career. This year at Triple-A Pawtucket, Hill has compiled a 3.23 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 39 innings.
Hill signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox in the offseason. A native of Milton, Mass., Hill's infant son died shortly before spring training.
YANKS CALL UP MILLER
On Tuesday, the New York Yankees purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Jim Miller to help restore a depleted bullpen after Monday's 12th inning loss to the Tampa Bay rays.
To make room for Miller, the Yankees optioned right-handed pitcher Jose Ramirez to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
New York also transferred left-handed pitcher CC Sabathia to the 60-day disabled list.
Miller, 32, compiled a 2.85 ERA in 41 innings at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.