TORONTO - Red Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen had his second interview for the San Diego Padres' GM vacancy earlier this week and remains among a handful of finalists for the position.
Three other candidates -- the Yankees' assistant GM Billy Eppler, the Texas Rangers' assistant GM A.J. Preller and Kim Ng, a Major League Baseball Vice President and former assistant GM with the Los Angeles Dodgers -- are also still in the running.
Hazen and Preller have both been interviewed twice; Eppler and Ng are waiting for their second interviews, which should be conducted by the end of the week.
The Padres will then make a decision in the next week or so.
Hazen, who was once a pitching prospect in the Padres' organization, knows current Padres President and CEO Mike Dee, who was once the Red Sox Chief Operating Officer and later, president of the Fenway Sports Group, roles now held by Sam Kennedy.
Earlier this season, the Padres fired Josh Byrnes, who, ironically, once was in Hazen's current job as assistant GM for the Red Sox.
According to two baseball sources, if Hazen is hired in San Diego, his top choice as manager would be current Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo.
Lovullo was the Pawtucket Red Sox manager when Hazen was the team's director of player development and two have a history that goes back to their time together in the Cleveland organization.
Currently, the Padres are managed by Bud Black, who's in his seventh season with the club. The Padres hold an option on Black for 2015.