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MLB could have new commish next week...Padres hire Rangers exec as GM

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - Commissioner Bud Selig says he expects baseball owners to vote next week from a list of three candidates for his successor.

     Owners meet in Baltimore next week. Selig is retiring in January.

     Selig confirmed several reports that the three finalists are Rob Manfred, MLB's chief operating officer; Tim Brosnan, MLB's executive vice president for business and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.  Selig says the list is accurate.

     A candidate has to be approved by 23 of the 30 teams to be elected.


     Padres hire Rangers exec as GM

     SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Padres hired A.J. Preller as general manager. Preller has been assistant GM of the Texas Rangers. He has extensive international scouting experience, particularly in Latin America.

     Preller replaces Josh Byrnes, who was fired June 22.

     He beat out a field of finalists that included assistant GMs Mike Hazen of the Boston Red Sox and Billy Eppler of the New York Yankees, and Kim Ng, senior vice president for baseball operations for Major League Baseball. Ng is one of the highest-ranking women in baseball.

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