Green enjoying process of improving Padres

Green enjoying process of improving Padres

SAN DIEGO -- It's been a little more than seven weeks since Andy Green was hired as the manager of the Padres, yet he's still essentially in the dark when it comes to what the 25-man roster might look like on Opening Day.

But if you think he is spending sleepless nights wondering what general manager A.J. Preller might do next to improve the roster, you're wrong.

"I don't need to have every answer by the middle of December," Green said late on Wednesday.

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The Padres, who haven't officially done anything to the roster in a week, are sequestered in meetings trying to figure out their next move.

"It's fairly slow paced right now; nothing outrageous at this point," Green said.

The team is trying to find a replacement for head trainer Todd Hutcheson, who won't return in 2016 after being with the team since 1991 and serving as head trainer since 1997.

Preller has made six trades and has also signed free-agent pitcher Cesar Vargas to a Major League deal, with his most notable deal the Craig Kimbrel trade to the Red Sox last month for four players.

A year ago at this time, Preller was on the verge of making several notable deals -- adding Matt Kemp and Derek Norris on Dec. 18, with the deals for Justin Upton and Wil Myers coming the following day.

Granted, there likely won't be that kind of pre-Christmas shopping this year, but there are still notable holes to fill -- finding a shortstop, left fielder, reliever and starting pitcher.

"What A.J. decides is best for our team, I'm fine with," Green said. "For me, I'm focusing on what I can contribute."

For now that's touching base with a handful of players to get them on a plan for the start of Spring Training in February.

After being a part of meetings with Preller and his front-office staff, Green has learned a lot about how his boss works and functions.

"I've been incredibly impressed by his willingness to listen," he said. "I think great leadership is about drawing things out of your people, and he fosters an environment where every single person in that room's opinion is valued and heard.

"I think you end up with the best ideas that way. Everybody has a green light to verbalize what they believe and what their conventions are. You never know where the best idea is going to come from. And he's that type of guy, and I share that conviction."

The hours have been long for Green, who will soon gather his family and head home to Kentucky for the holidays, but he would not trade this for anything.

"I love the discussions. I love the relentless pursuit of creating the best team for the San Diego fans for 2016 and onward," he said.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.