The San Diego Padres on Wednesday named A.J. Preller as the team's next general manager.
Preller, 37, joins the Padres as the 10th general manager in franchise history. He comes to San Diego from the Texas Rangers, where he most recently served as assistant general manager.
As assistant general manager, Preller was responsible for overseeing the Rangers’ player development and scouting departments as well as serving as a key adviser on all player acquisitions.
He was a central figure in the group that has spearheaded the Rangers efforts to upgrade the talent level throughout the organization’s system, playing an instrumental role in the construction and organization of the Rangers’ development program in the Dominican Republic.
He previously served as a senior director of player personnel for the Rangers from 2010-13, where he oversaw professional, international and amateur scouting.
Prior to joining the Rangers, Preller spent three years in the baseball operations department of the Los Angeles Dodgers, working with the professional, amateur and international scouting departments.
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