San Diego Padres hire AJ Preller to be executive vice president, general manager

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres Wednesday officially named A.J. Preller the team's executive vice president/general manager.

"Padres ownership is thrilled to welcome A.J. Preller to the Padres family," said Padres Lead Investor Peter Seidler. "His balance of experience, knowledge and energy makes him the ideal person to lead our baseball operations as we work to build a consistent winner in San Diego."

"I am extremely impressed with the quality of candidates who interviewed for this position," said CEO Ron Fowler. "I believe that the comprehensive and thorough search process led by Mike Dee has brought us to the best match for our club in A.J. Preller."

Preller, 37, had been with the Rangers organization for 10 years, with his most recent role as the team's assistant general manager. He is the 10th general manager in Padres history.

"It's an honor to have been selected for this position," said Preller. "I'm grateful for the faith Peter, Ron and Mike have shown in me. I'm looking forward to meeting our baseball operations staff and getting right to work, with the goal of building a championship organization for San Diego."

While the Rangers international program is recognized as one of the best in baseball, Preller said he doesn't look at himself as someone who is just an international guy, or a scouting guy or an analytics guy who looks solely at the numbers, but someone who has worn a lot of hats in his career.

According to the Padres, Preller is a graduate of Cornell University and previouisly worked for the Philadelphia Phillies and Major League Baseball.

The Padres fired general manager Josh Byrnes in late June, and on Tuesday, assistant GM A.J. Hinch announced he was leaving the team.

The team also announced Chad MacDonald, the team's vice president and assistant general manager for player personnel, stepped down.

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