A.j. Preller Newsbeat
Friday, October 28, 2016
It was just a “misunderstanding.”
Preller stressed that there was never an intent by the Padres to deceive the Red Sox—or any other organization they’ve dealt with. He acknowledged that the club didn’t enter all necessary data into the league’s injury information system, saying it was a “misunderstanding” as to how the information was recorded.
“[Major League Baseball] felt like our medical record keeping wasn’t in line with some guidelines, from an administrative standpoint,” Preller said. “From an integrity, intent standpoint, at no point in time for myself or anyone in baseball operations was there an intent to deceive. ... It was about the administrative side of things.
“That’s something we’re going to be very committed to correcting and making sure that obviously will not happen again. We’re going to be industry leaders on that front, and we’re going to be best in class and at the forefront in making sure that, from an admin standpoint, a reporting standpoint, [we’re] following guidelines.”
Posted: October 28, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Does he still have credibility with other GMs?
Saturday, September 17, 2016
The closer you look at Padres general manager A.J. Preller’s 30-day suspension by Major League Baseball for his part in the Drew Pomeranz-Anderson Espinoza deal on July 14, the more you realize the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.
The Red Sox should be upset they didn’t receive compensation. What happened, according to major league sources, is the Padres didn’t input important information about Pomeranz’s injury history — especially regarding an injury he was receiving treatment for — into a major league medical data base in which teams can obtain up-to-date medical information on any player.
The Red Sox, according to a major league source, found the missing info when they conducted their own MRI on Pomeranz’s shoulder and elbow and found what the Padres had been hiding.
Red Sox chairman Tom Werner went to the airwaves on NESN’s pregame show Friday and said, “I think it’s fair to say, and I’m being politic, that we were extremely disappointed in the decision. We feel that some wrong was committed and it’s important to have a level playing field, and the Padres didn’t play on it. I’ve probably said more than I should be saying, but we were disappointed in the decision.”
Posted: September 17, 2016 at 07:44 AM | 30 comment(s)
Friday, September 16, 2016
How does he survive this? Read the whole thing.
Baseball operated without a template in determining Preller’s punishment; no general manager in recent memory has been suspended for such an infraction. Still, some execs believe the penalty for Preller should have been harsher, particularly since he had been disciplined before.
One exec went so far as to equate Preller’s actions to “fraud,” contending that the damage extended to other franchises that wanted to trade pitching to the Padres’ eventual partners—the Red Sox, Marlins and White Sox—but lost out to a GM operating in a duplicitous fashion.
Posted: September 16, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 10 comment(s)
Thursday, September 15, 2016
The league has suspended Preller for 30 days:
Major League Baseball has completed an investigation into the July 14th transaction in which pitcher Drew Pomeranz was traded from the San Diego Padres to the Boston Red Sox. MLB’s Department of Investigations conducted the thorough review, which included interviews with relevant individuals from both Clubs. The findings were submitted to Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.
As a result of this matter, Major League Baseball announced today that A.J. Preller, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Padres, has received a 30-day suspension without pay.
The statement says nothing else of substance. It does not say what, exactly, Preller did wrong.
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