February 21, 2024
The Padres’ A.J. Preller. Picture by Chris Stone

Padres chairman Peter Seidler dropped an announcement the day after the disappointing 2023 season ended and in it, supplied his “full help” to staff leaders.

Three weeks later, a kind of leaders, Bob Melvin, has opted to maneuver on to develop into San Francisco’s new supervisor and one other, A.J. Preller, will embark on one more managerial seek for the Friars.

Two interviews already are set, in accordance with The Athletic’s Dennis Lin, by way of X – with inner candidates Mike Shildt and Ryan Flaherty.

Shildt, although a former supervisor in St. Louis, has served the Padres in an advisory capability, whereas Flaherty, who has but to be a significant league skipper, was considered one of Melvin’s bench coaches.

Preller has been the Padres GM since 2014 – the membership elevated him to president of baseball operations two years in the past. He has employed – and fired two managers, Andy Inexperienced and Jayce Tingler. Melvin, after two years, opted out with one 12 months remaining on his contract.

Studies emerged late within the season depicting Preller’s and Melvin’s relationship as tense.

Melvin, whereas being launched Wednesday because the Giants’ new supervisor, famous that the Bay Space opening “was most likely the one one I might have listened to.”

“I very a lot loved my time in San Diego. It simply looks like with plenty of issues that have been popping up there, it was time to maneuver on,” he instructed MLB.com.

For his personal half, Preller, MLB reported, could also be reflecting on his relationship together with his managers. “From my very own standpoint, did I make it simpler? How can I do it just a little bit completely different to guarantee that the supervisor feels snug?” he stated.

He additionally pointed to the staff’s expertise – the very factor that pushed expectations so excessive final season – has a draw for these taken with turning into the Padres’ skipper.

“I can simply inform within the first 24 hours, although, there’s plenty of curiosity on this job,” he instructed MLB.com. “We’ve had some very attention-grabbing names and a few folks which might be very achieved which have expressed curiosity on this job. Actually, it’s a testomony to our staff, our roster, the expertise that’s right here.”