After conducting a private investigation on San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller, Major League Baseball has brought down the hammer for submitting false medical records on pitcher Drew Pomeranz.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 15, 2016
Back in July, the Padres sent Pomeranz to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for their top pitching prospect, Anderson Espinoza. The Red Sox then submitted a complaint when they didn’t receive Pomeranz’s full medical records.
Although MLB didn’t investigate or mention them in their statement, the Miami Marlins and Chicago White Sox had concerns over the players they received in trades from San Diego, too. The Marlins received Andrew Cashner, Fernando Rodney, and Colin Rea, while the White Sox received James Shields. Pomeranz remained with the Red Sox and Shields with the White Sox, but Rea told Marlins officials he was receiving treatment on his elbow that required Tommy John surgery and would later be sent back to San Diego in exchange for one of the prospects Miami sent in the deal.
Preller won’t receive further punishment from MLB and his job with the Padres is safe. The Padres will also not receive discipline from the league. This is not the first time Preller has been suspended by MLB. He committed another penalty as an assistant GM with the Texas Rangers for violating international signing rules, and he was fined last summer for holding an illegal workout in Aruba. As for the Padres, they will have to work on their offseason plans for the next month without their general manager as the team misses the playoffs for the tenth consecutive season.