After firing general manager Josh Byrnes in June, the San Diego Padres have named A.J. Preller as their new general manager, according to FOX Sports analyst, Ken Rosenthal.
Preller and New York Yankees assistant GM, Billy Eppler, had been considered the two front-runners for the job. According to one major league source, Eppler was told he would not get the job on Tuesday.
Prior to becoming the new GM for the Padres, Preller spent the last 10 years with the Texas Rangers overseeing a variety of departments. He’s been credited with expanding the Rangers’ international scouting efforts and has been part of Jon Daniel’s inner circle since Daniels took over as GM in Texas. The two were fraternity brothers at Cornell University.
In taking over the Padres, Preller has his work cut out for him. The team is currently 51-61, en route to its fourth losing season in the last seven years. The Padres last made the playoffs in 2006 and last had a winning season in 2010 when they notched 90 wins but missed a wild-card berth by a single game.