Padres GM A.J. Preller was recently suspended for 30 days without pay by MLB. That suspension stems generally from the Padres’ alleged practice under Preller of maintaining two sets of medical records on their players — one for internal use and one for other teams engaged in trade discussions. Specifically, the suspension is the result of Preller’s withholding information leading up to the July 14 Drew Pomeranz trade with Boston.
If the comments by Red Sox chairman Tom Werner are any guide, then Boston thinks the punishment for Preller and the Padres should’ve been stiffer. Here’s what Werner said to NESN’s Tom Caron on Friday:
“I think it’s fair to say … that we were extremely disappointed in the decision. We feel that some wrong was committed and it’s important to have a level playing field, and the Padres didn’t play on it.”
A longer suspension may have been in order, but the Sox’s standpoint they likely wanted some form of compensation for Preller’s misdeeds, given that they paid a fairly steep cost — high-ceiling pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza — in order to acquire Pomeranz.
Also of note is that this is the second time that the league has suspended Preller. Preller was first disciplined while still working with the Rangers as the head of their international scouting department. In that instance, he violated policy by speaking to an agent about a player who was serving a suspension for providing false age and identity information. The Rangers were also fined.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / The Red Sox are ‘extremely disappointed’ with A.J. Preller’s punishment