San Diego, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The San Diego Padres have hired A.J. Preller as their new general manager, according to a team source.
A source said Preller signed a five-year deal to become Padres’ fourth general manager since 2009. He replaces Josh Byrnes, who was dismissed by the team on June 22 after just over seasons.
The source said Preller and Padres team president and CEO Mike Dee finalized the deal Wednesday morning in Dallas. A news conference is expected to take place at Petco Park later.
Preller was in his 10th season in the Rangers organization, where his current duties have him overseeing the team’s player-development and scouting departments in the international market.
The Rangers’ international program — populated by players like Yu Darvish, Rougned Odor, Leonys Martin and Jurickson Profar — ranks among the best in all of baseball. In fact, the Rangers’ 40-man roster has Preller’s fingerprints all over it.
Two of the elements the Padres were looking for in a GM were a top talent evaluator and someone who can make inroads in the international market. Preller fits the bill on both counts.
Preller was one of eight candidates interviewed by executive chairman Ron Fowler, Dee and Peter Seidler of the ownership group. He was also one of four candidates who had a second interview.
The Padres moved quickly to find a replacement for Byrnes but didn’t do so haphazardly.