Banned GM misled trade partners
Major League Baseball announced a 30-day suspension without pay Thursday for Padres general manager A.J. Preller.
The punishment was levied as the result of an investigation into the Padres’ handling of medical information in the July 14 trade that sent left-hander Drew Pomeranz to the Red Sox.
The league had been reviewing the Padres’ documentation and disclosure of medical information after recent trades made by Preller. At least three teams that recently completed deals with the Padres — the Red Sox, Marlins and White Sox — expressed displeasure over what they believed to be deliberate withholding of medical information that is typically exchanged before a trade is consummated, sources told the Union-Tribune.
As first reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney and confirmed by Union-Tribune sources, Padres officials held meetings during spring training in which they instructed the organization’s athletic trainers to maintain separate files for medical information on players: one for industry usage, the other for internal usage.
That marked a departure from the Padres’ medical recording practices in the past as well as a deviation from generally accepted procedures.
Preller, who was hired by the Padres in August 2014, was previously suspended by MLB while he was assistant GM of the Rangers. That ban, also for 30 days, stemmed from an issue relating to international signing rules.
ESPN reported that the suspension was levied in reference to the Pomeranz trade, but that will not necessarily stop MLB from pursuing other questions about the Padres’ actions if information develops.