San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller. Courtesy of San Diego Padres Facebook.

The San Diego Padres may have violated an MLB international player rule by having Venezuelan-born players work out in Aruba, ESPN reported Friday.

ESPN baseball columnist Buster Olney broke the news via Twitter:

Padres general manager A.J. Preller is known to be heavily involved in international scouting, dating back to his days with the Texas Rangers.

This past offseason the team was believed to be in the mix to sign Cuban infielders Yasmany Tomas and Hector Olivera.

He was suspended for three months—reduced to one month—by MLB in the late 2000s for breaking international scouting rules in the Dominican Republic, according to a Fox Sports report shortly after Preller was hired by the Friars.

According to the report, though, most in the industry saw Preller’s infraction as minor, and was considered to be fully cleared before hired by the Padres.

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