Banned GM mis­led trade part­ners

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL - By Den­nis Lin

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.

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