Preller Reportedly Headed to Padres

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With any successful franchise — 2014 notwithstanding — you're bound to lose some top-notch guys, both players and front office personnel.

So far, the Texas Rangers have been fortunate to have kept together the nucleus of front office brain trust, minus that whole Nolan Ryan fiasco, since becoming annual contenders in 2010. Jon Daniels is still the club's general manager, but one of his top assistants might not be around too much longer.

Reports started breaking on Tuesday night by FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal that assistant GM A.J. Preller was the choice of the San Diego Padres to fill their vacant GM role after they fired Josh Byrnes earlier this summer.

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On Wednesday morning on The Ticket's Norm Hitzges Show, The Dallas Morning News Rangers beat man Evan Grant said it's basically a forgone conclusion that Preller is gone, but nothing is official yet and he's thinking the Rangers might be making some late play to keep him on board.

In all actuality, that'd be a tough sell to a guy who's in his mid-30s and has a chance to finally be the guy running the show for an MLB franchise and move out of the shadow of his Cornell classmate and frat bro, Daniels.

Preller is currently the guy in charge of player development and scouting, which is obviously a pretty key role in any organization. So good for him if this ends up coming to fruition, but bad for the Rangers.

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