No, breathtakingly stupid.
A.J. Preller will not be the General Manager of the San Diego Padres for the next 30 days because he did something really, really dumb.
But that’s the rub. I’m not worried he did something dumb. I’m worried what else he’s done that is dumb. Or something worse than dumb.
By not fully disclosing Drew Pomeranz‘ full medical treatment history, the Padres General Manager, essentially, gave himself a bit more leverage to bargain with.
“Oh, that pitcher? Oy yeah, he’s fine. You want him?”
This is bad for so many reasons, but let’s run down a few.
First and foremost, you run the risk of voiding the trade. Nearly all of the baseball world praised Preller for acquiring Pomeranz on the cheap and flipping him for Anderson Espinosa, who some have compared to Felix Hernandez. Your first danger is having to send him back and letting some air out of the team’s rebuilding plans. Don’t think it can happen? It already has with the Colin Rea deal.
But that’s only the most obvious problem here.
Secondly, by keeping pertinent medical records the Padres have stained their relationship with all the other clubs in the league. Imagine for a moment you’re trying to sell a used car to the family of someone who already purchased a lemon from you. How far do you think those negotiations would progress?
By withholding information in exchange for a temporary leg-up in negotiations, Preller may have hurt the organization for years. No one will want to trade with this GM, nor should they. I wouldn’t.
Even more deeply troubling is the realization that this is not the first time Preller has gotten himself into trouble. He was also disciplined when he was with the Rangers for breaking rules.
So, I have to ask the obvious question: how do we know there aren’t more skeletons in his closet? What else is he hiding? When will the next scandal come back to sting the organization?
To the fans, this is a big problem. For an organization that swears it is on the right track, that it is doing the right thing, this is another PR fire on which it must waste the fire-retardant of goodwill built from the All-star Game.
The next time A.J. Preller speaks to the media, or in an interview, what reason do we have to believe even one word coming out of his mouth?
Some fans want Mike Dee fired, they will justified in wanting the same for the team’s GM.
I’ve never, ever call for the firing of anyone. I don’t think it’s my place to ask for people to lose their jobs. I am also not saying unemployment is the solution here, but this latest disaster certainly gives ownership reason to question the future of its GM.