Lyou San Diego Padres have signed Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics, as its new driver, a person familiar with the deal said Thursday.
Melvin, 60, you will receive a contract for three seasons, The person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the hiring has not yet been officially announced.
The manager replaces Jayce Tingler, who the Padres fired on Oct. 6 after the team collapsed in the second half of the season. San Diego had a comfortable lead in the spot that gave him the second wild-card berth in the National League playoffs and tHe finished negative for the 10th time in 11 seasons.
Melvin’s arrival represents a radical change in the decision of the general manager AJ Peller, whose two previous picks for the job lacked major league experience.
Melvin has a history of 18 seasons of experience as a manager in the Major Leagues and a 1,346-1,272 record with the Athletics, Mariners and Diamondbacks.
It was named Driver of the Year three times in both leagues.
This year, Melvin became the most successful manager in Oakland team history, but the Athletics missed the playoffs after doing so three consecutive seasons. He was 853-764 with the Athletics.
Melvin led the Mariners two seasons and the Diamondbacks five.