SAN DIEGO - Padres VP/Assistant General Manager A.J. Hinch is leaving the organization, effective immediately, team officials announced Tuesday.
Hinch joined the Padres as vice president of professional scouting in 2010, according to the team.
Hinch issued the following statement regarding his decision to leave:
"During my time in San Diego, I dedicated myself to do everything I could to help this team win, in the short-term and for the long-term. These last several weeks were no exception.
I think the organization is ready for a transition and I've made a decision and told Ron Fowler and Mike Dee that now is the right time for me to move on.
I'm proud to have always operated in the best interest of the organization and to have established long lasting relationships with people who work on and off the field in San Diego.
I wish the Padres and the new GM well in the future and look forward to the next chapter of my baseball career."
Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler issued this statement on Hinch's departure:
"I want to thank A.J. for his hard work and commitment to the Padres over the past four years. He has represented the organization well, and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors."