Padres turn to A.J. Preller as GM

Updated: August 7, 2014, 9:47 AM ET
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SAN DIEGO -- A.J. Preller has set the bar high -- World Series high -- for the Padres.

Preller was hired as general manager on Wednesday. He developed a reputation as a hard-working, hard-charging scouting and player development executive over the past 10 years with the Texas Rangers. He has extensive international scouting experience, particularly in Latin America.

Preller said at his introductory press conference that it was "intriguing to me that the Padres have had some ...

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