San Diego Padres Executive Vice President and General Manager Josh Byrnes has been relieved of his duties, the team announced Sunday.
"This ownership group is committed to fielding a team that consistently competes for postseason play. Thus far this season, the results on the field have been mixed at best and clearly have not lived up to expectations. After a lengthy evaluation of every facet of our baseball operations, we have decided to make this change today," Padres President and CEO Mike Dee said in the statement.
The team said it will start the search for a new GM immediately. Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations Omar Minaya and Assistant General Managers AJ Hinch and Fred Uhlman, Jr. will handle the responsibilities until a permanent replacement is chosen.
Byrnes signed a five-year contract with an option year with the Padres in October 2011. He was hired by then-CEO Jeff Moorad, whom Brynes worked under in Arizona. Byrnes was let go by the Diamondbacks in 2010.
The team is currently 32-43 on the season.