Rick Hahn a candidate for Padres GM spot?

Jeff Moorad

The San Diego Padres have interviewed three candidates for their now vacant general manager position. While the speculation has often included Jeff Moorad's ties to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Rick Hahn with the Chicago White Sox has the closest bond of all - he worked for Moorad before joining the White Sox.

While there have been rumors regarding Kim Ng of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston's assistant GM Jed Hoyer, the key to Moorad's future GM has been tied to their ability to develop a strong scouting and player development department.

Rick Hahn appears to fit that bill. Hahn's primary responsibilities include assisting Senior Vice President/ General Manager Ken Williams with determining the club's roster composition, all player acquisitions, talent evaluations and contract negotiations, as well as with overseeing every element of the organization's baseball operations activities, including the scouting and player development departments.

He has been up for jobs in each of the past two seasons and San Diego might be the perfect fit, given his standing as the man in charge of scouting and player development with the White Sox.

Since joining the organization, Hahn has negotiated over $500 million in player contracts. Williams has credited Hahn with playing an integral role in the White Sox acquisition of outfielder Carlos Quentin from Arizona, the signing of free agent infielder Alexei Ramirez, as well as in the evaluation and signing of 2008 first-round pick Gordon Beckham from the University of Georgia.

In midsummer of 2008, writers with both BaseballProspectus.com and SI.com ranked Hahn as one of the top general manager candidates in the game today.

Prior to joining the White Sox, Hahn spent two years as an associate at Steinberg, Moorad & Dunn, a sports agency based in Newport Beach, California which, at the time, represented over 150 athletes from Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association.

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