MLB suspends Padres GM Preller 30 days over Pomeranz trade

BOSTON (AP) " Major League Baseball has suspended San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller for 30 days without pay, an unprecedented punishment for what an official said was a failure to disclose medical information when pitcher Drew Pomeranz was traded to the Red Sox in July.

The official, who had been briefed on the decision to suspend Peller, spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter.

The commissioner's office announced the discipline on Thursday but did not elaborate on what Preller did wrong. Red Sox owner John Henry had confirmed to the Boston Herald that the commissioner's office was investigating whether all medical records were provided before the trade; the team declined to comment on Thursday.

It's not the first time Preller has run afoul of the commissioner's office: As an assistant with the Texas Rangers, he was suspended for a month for violating baseball's international signing rules.

While baseball has suspended owners, including George Steinbrenner of the Yankees and Marge Schott of the Reds, for transgressions ranging from racism to gambling and other matters deemed not in the best interest of baseball, it was believed to be the first time a general manager had been benched for hiding medical information from a trade partner.


AP Sports Writer Howie Rumberg contributed to this story from New York and AP Sports Writer Bernie Wilson contributed from San Diego.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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