For a few years the name A.J. Preller has come up in GM talk around MLB. The San Diego Padres heard that talk, liked what they heard and chose the 36-year-old Preller as their new GM on Tuesday. This is an exciting time for the Padres and a good choice for their new GM. Many things are uncertain for the team still, but Preller is the right man to lead them to their next phase of success.
Formerly the assistant GM of the Texas Rangers, Preller certainly knows his way around the GM office and won’t be afraid to make a bold move here or there when the time comes. He was with the Rangers and was in on several big decisions through the years that turned out very successful for the franchise. The only worrisome factor here is what else can Preller come in and change on a team that has already been in fire sale mode this trade season?
Many suspect that Bud Black could be fired as manager and there could certainly be more trades considering how well the team pitches. Preller should be experienced enough, even at his fairly young age, to know better than to come in and change a ton right now. It is possible that some pieces could move around, but probably not much.
The Padres did a very good thing for their future in hiring Preller. Preller can do a great thing for his future by giving the current squad a chance to finish the season strong. It should work out well for all involved and he can then move all he wants during the offseason.