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Padres Hire Preller as GM

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- San Diego Padres hired former assistant general manager of the Texas Rangers, A.J. Preller, as their new GM Wednesday.

Preller takes over for Josh Byrnes, who was fired in June.

"I think he'd be a tremendous hire," Rangers GM Jon Daniels said before the decision was finalized. "A great choice. He really, really kind of brings everything to the table. A tremendous talent evaluator and I think that's where a lot of the media, I've read, is focused. I think that's accurate. That's one of the more unique skills in the game. I think what that misses (is) how gifted he is kind of building a staff, hiring people, creating a philosophy and getting everyone to buy in and feel good about it. He's done a tremendous job here in the various departments he's run."

The 36-year-old Preller becomes the Padres' fourth general manager since 2009.

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