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#2 New General Manager And Front Office Moves
Addition by subtraction as the Padres cut ties with General Manager Josh Brynes after promising the ownership and fan base a winner in 2014. Those hopes were dashed early into the season and the Padres needed to take a new approach to the future. The future will hopefully be bright as the Padres hired former Texas Rangers assistant A.J. Preller as the new General Manager of the San Diego Padres.
Padres’ fans will hope that finally good decisions will be made in the front office, not just with the current one through nine lineup but in the future. The Padres had whiffed on countless first-round picks through the draft and it’s hurt them. Some stability is absolutely needed in that category. Padres’ ownership thinks they’ve finally made the right move. Preller is known for being an all-out whiz with baseball knowledge and player evaluations as he was part of turning out a dismal Texas Rangers franchise who had never made a World Series until 2010 and then again with another appearance in 2011.
His newest staff serving under him has some good names, in particular to Padres fans liking, stealing former-Dodgers scouting director Logan White, who found talents like Yasiel Puig through the international ranks, drafted studs Matt Kemp, Dee Gordon and former Dodgers Russell Martin and James Loney. Padres’ fans can hope that if this current front office can come close to finding any one of those names, the Swining’ Friars will hope to be in contention soon.