Padres promote Hinch to assistant GM

The San Diego Padres promoted former Arizona manager A.J. Hinch

to vice president/assistant general manager on Friday.

Hinch, who was fired as the Diamondbacks’ manager on July 1,

2010, after just more than one year on the job, was hired by San

Diego last September as vice president in charge of professional

scouting.

Hinch was also one of three San Diego front office executives to

have their contracts extended through the 2013 season on Friday,

joining Fred Uhlman Jr. and Jason McLeod, who also hold the title

of vice president/assistant GM.