Good hire. He’s pretty funny in those Sprint Framily commercials.
The Padres are expected to introduce Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller as their GM on Wednesday at a news conference at Petco Park, according to a Major League source. The club has not confirmed the news….
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, though it’s in the international market—Latin America, specifically—where Preller has distinguished himself.
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, 36, was a roommate of Rangers GM Jon Daniels at Cornell University. He got his start in baseball as an intern with the Phillies.
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