June 23, 2014 at 1:00 am

Tigers' Al Avila 'fits the mold' of what Padres want in new GM

Al Avila has worked with Dave Dombrowski with the Marlins and Tigers. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)

Tigers assistant general manager Al Avila is one of five external candidates that “fit the mold” of what the Padres are looking for in a new GM, according to ESPN’s Jim Bowden.

San Diego fired GM Josh Byrnes on Sunday.

Avila joined the Tigers in January 2002 after nine seasons with the Marlins. Avila, father of Tigers catcher Alex Avila, assists GM Dave Dombrowski with the day-to-day baseball operations of the Detroit franchise.

Bowden on Avila: “He has worked closely and been trained by Dombrowski, one of the most highly regarded execs in the game. (He) was instrumental in the signing of Miguel Cabrera as an amateur, and Avila helped swing a trade for Miggy while working in Detroit.”

The other Padres GM candidates, according to Bowden:

* Thad Levine, Rangers assistant GM

* David Forst, Athletics assistant GM

* Jason McLeod, Cubs VP of player development and amateur scouting

* Damon Oppenheimer, Yankees director of amateur scouting