Found August 07, 2014 on The Outside Corner:
The Padres settled on their new general manager Wednesday, agreeing to terms with Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller. Preller replaces Josh Byrnes, who was fired by the team in late June. (Technically, Preller takes over for the interim GM trio of Omar Minaya, San Diego’s VP for baseball operations, and assistant general managers A.J. Hinch and Fred Uhlman, Jr. That threesome engineered the trades of Huston Street, Chase Headley and Chris Denorfia, which added eight prospects to the Padres’ minor league organization.) Preller probably is the right guy for the job. Obviously, the Padres think (or hope) so. As reported by MLB.com’s Corey Brock, Preller’s background in player development and scouting — especially internationally — gave him the nod over the other three finalists for the position. Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler was thought to be the front-runner for the job, but Preller reportedly overtook him during final interviews. Also considered were Red Sox assistant GM Mike Haze...
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