This is the second suspension of Preller’s career. In 2010, MLB suspended Preller for three months and fined the Rangers for negotiating with right hander Rafael De Paula, an amateur from the Dominican Republic. At the time, Preller directed the Rangers’ international and professional scouting operations.
De Paula was also suspended, for presenting a false age. Then Rangers president Nolan Ryan interceded, and Preller’s suspension was reduced to one month without pay.
Preller worked with the Rangers from 2004 through August, 2014, when the Padres hired him. The Padres obtained De Paula in a trade with the New York Yankees jersey cheap about two weeks before Preller joined the Padres. De Paula pitched in the top two levels of the San Diego minor league system this year.
MLB launched an investigation of the Padres after Boston learned of medical treatment Pomeranz had received before the trade. MLB requires that information to be logged in MLB Jerseys China
the Sutton Medical System, which is available to teams when needed such as in considering potential trades. San Diego allegedly did not file the full information on Pomeranz, giving it an advantage in trade talks with Boston.
Preller also had part of a trade with Miami erased this year because of a question over possibly hidden medical information. Miami learned after the deal that right hander Collin Rea had a pre existing elbow ailment. The Marlins returned Rea to the Padres, and minor league right hander Luis Castillo went back to Miami.
Preller is the first non player to be suspended by the commissioner’s office since former Cincinnati owner Marge Schott. Then commissioner Bud Selig suspended her in 1996 for repeated slurs against African Americans, Jews, Asians and homosexuals, and expressing toward Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. Selig reinstated Schott in 1998, and she gave up the club a year later.
At 61 84, the Padres will have their second consecutive losing season under Preller. They were 74 88 in his first full season. The losing performance and embarrassment caused by the suspension have cut into his job security.