The San Diego Padres need a new general manager and according to reports, Texas Rangers’ assistant general manager A.J. Preller is one of the finalists for the job. The more you listen to the rumor mill out of Texas, the more you get the feeling that Ranger fans are preparing themselves for Preller to leave the organization. Not only that, but the talk of “superscout” Don Welke could be going with him.
But what about San Diego’s side of things?
You really don’t have to look far, or listen hard, to hear what the Padre fans want — it’s Preller. Some of the radio stations in town even expect him to be the guy who ends up in the general manager with others going as far as to say he’s the “heavy favorite.”
The Padres need a guy who can turn the franchise around and there’s no doubt their ownership group and front office and with Preller’s Latin American record being what it is, he could be the guy to bring the kind of talent that has certainly made an impact on the Rangers with guys like Elvis Andrus, Jurickson Profar and Leonys Martin just to name a few.
Padres’ manager Bud Black, on MLB Network Radio earlier this morning, expects the organization to make their decision in the next week.
If Preller leaves, how will the Rangers be affected? Jon Daniels is still the general manager and the guy making the decisions but without Preller, and Welke, which direction will they go with their scouting, especially in Latin America?