SAN DIEGO -- Sandy Alderson has been named the Padres' chief executive, said John Moores, the team's majority owner, meaning the hierarchy of the baseball club and the Commissioner's office in New York has changed in one move.
Alderson will immediately leave his post as Major League Baseball's executive vice president in charge of baseball operations to take over the day-to-day operations of the Padres.
Alderson had previously been with the Oakland A's from 1981 until he left for MLB in 1998, holding the positions of general counsel, general manager and president. His Oakland tenure included the A's most recent era as a powerhouse when they won three consecutive American League pennants from 1988-90 and the World Series in 1989.
"For me this is the last piece of a complicated puzzle that involved building a ballpark and redeveloping San Diego," Moores said on Monday before the Giants played the Padres at PETCO Park. "It's time to build a competitive team and it allows us to significantly strengthen our management team.
"I think this is our most significant signing in the 11 years I've owned the team."
In signing Alderson to a five-year contract, Moores is juggling the Padres hierarchy for the fourth time since current Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino stepped down as team president after the 2002 season. Since then, and in succession, Moores hired Bob Vizas, Charles Black and Dick Freeman to run the team.
Freeman, who returned to the Padres from the Pittsburgh Pirates before the 2003 season, the team's last at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley, will remain under Alderson as president and chief operating officer. General manager Kevin Towers is under contract through the 2007 season and manager Bruce Bochy's current deal expires at the end of this season.
Bochy had been hoping to negotiate a contract extension before the end of Spring Training, but those negotiations were put on hold while Moores sought permission from Commissioner Bud Selig to talk to Alderson and then brought him into the fold.
The future of Bochy and Towers in the organization will be up to Alderson, Moores said, although he doesn't expect any immediate changes. Bochy has been the team's manager since 1995 and Towers replaced Randy Smith a year later.
Moores recently took over as chairman of the Carter Center in Atlanta and said last month that accordingly he would be spending less time than usual around the team this season. He also has been becoming increasingly more distressed about the state of the team's Minor League operations and the condition of its academy in the Dominican Republic.
"You know I've been worried about our Minor League system," Moores said. "And Sandy has a strong background as a president, GM and a big deal at MLB."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.