Randy Smith rejoins Padres' front office

Updated: November 4, 2003, 1:33 PM ET

SAN DIEGO -- Former Padres general manager Randy Smith was rehired by San Diego on Monday as director of professional and international scouting, his third stint with the club.

"There are only a handful of individuals in baseball that have Randy's experience, knowledge and reputation," said Kevin Towers, who succeeded Smith as Padres GM in 1995. "He has brought a great deal of experience to our organization and has a proven record in the area of scouting."

Smith, 40, spent last season as a consultant to the Padres. He had been general manager of the Detroit Tigers from 1995 until being fired early in the 2002 season.

The Padres first hired Smith in 1984 as assistant scouting director, and he was later promoted to scouting director. After serving as assistant general manager of the Colorado Rockies, he returned to the Padres as general manager on June 9, 1993. At the time, Smith was the youngest GM in baseball history at 29.

Smith presided over the Padres' fire sale of 1993, when ownership forced him to get rid of high-priced players such as Gary Sheffield, Fred McGriff and Bruce Hurst.

In December 1994, he and his father Tal, president of the Houston Astros, finalized a 12-player trade. Among the players who moved from the Astros to the Padres were third baseman Ken Caminiti and center fielder Steve Finley, who helped the Padres reach the playoffs twice in three seasons, including the World Series in 1998.

Smith left the Padres following the 1995 season after getting into a personality conflict with team president Larry Lucchino, who's now with the Boston Red Sox.

The Padres also promoted Felix Francisco to coordinator of Latin American scouting and hired Elanis Westbrooks as a professional scout.

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