The San Diego Padres coach Bob Melvin is set to leave the team in order to become the new manager of the San Francisco Giants, sources familiar with the matter confirmed on Tuesday. This comes after the Padres granted him permission to interview with San Francisco earlier this week.
Despite allowing him to engage with the Giants, the Padres insisted earlier in the month that it was their will to keep him and general manager A.J. Preller in San Diego. This comes despite the team finishing 82-80 last season with a third-place finish in the National League West.
Melvin coached the Padres for two seasons, reaching the 2022 NL Championship Series before slipping this past season. Last season’s performance was disappointing given the Padres’ $258 million payroll; the third-highest in the league.