The San Diego Padres named A.J. Preller as the team’s new executive vice president and general manager, replacing Josh Byrnes, who was fired in June.
Preller, 37, moves over to San Diego from the Dallas area where he was the Texas Rangers’ assistant general manager. He is the fourth GM for the Padres since the team fired Kevin Towers in 2009.
Peter Seidler, one of the primary owners of the Padres, said Preller’s “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.”
The team owners interviewed at least four others before making their decision.
Byrnes, at the GM position for two and half years, was chiefly responsible for creating a Padres lineup that was expected to make a run in the National League’s Western Division, but had difficulty scoring in the first three months.
In his most recent job, Preller was responsible for overseeing the Rangers’ player development and scouting departments as well as being a key adviser on all player acquisitions.
The Rangers are 45-69 and 24.5 games out of first place in the American League’s Western Division.