Padres hire A.J. Preller as general manager

The San Diego Padres have hired Texas Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller as their new general manager. Preller will be taking over the role which had been temporarly filled by A.J. Hinch.

Preller, 36, has been with the Rangers for the last 10 years in a variety of roles. He currently has been overseeing player development and scounting.

Given that Hinch knew his time with the Padres was going to end it is worth noting he did his best for the club at the trade deadline.

“During my time in San Diego, I dedicated myself to do everything I could to help this team win, in the short-term and for the long-term. These last several weeks were no exception,” said Hinch in a statement released earlier today. “I think the organization is ready for a transition and I’ve made a decision and told Ron Fowler and Mike Dee that now is the right time for me to move on. I’m proud to have always operated in the best interest of the organization and to have established long lasting relationships with people who work on and off the field in San Diego. I wish the Padres and the new GM well in the future and look forward to the next chapter of my baseball career.”

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