The San Diego Padres have announced two promotions and contract extensions for top executives, including general manager A.J. Preller.
Preller adds President of Baseball Operations to his GM title. Meanwhile, Erik Greupner becomes the team’s Chief Executive Officer.
Both signed contract extensions through 2026.
“Erik and A.J. have earned their promotions by assembling strong business and baseball operations groups within our organization while working together towards our singular goal of winning a World Series championship,” Padres owner Peter Seidler said in a statement.
Preller pronounced himself “proud to be a part of a talented group” with the team.
“The foundation has been laid over the past five years and I’m personally very excited about what the future holds for the Padres,” he said.
Greupner joined the Padres in December of 2010. He oversees the team’s business operations and growth and development of the company culture.
He served as president of business operations for two years before the promotion. He was chief operating officer from 2016-18. Prior to joining the Padres, the University of San Diego alum practiced as a corporate attorney with the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
Preller joined the Padres as an executive vice president and GM in 2014. Under his leadership, the Padres last season returned to the playoffs after 14 years, while positioning themselves as a National League West favorite with a stellar farm system and aggressive acquisitions.
He signed prominent free agents, including Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer, while trading for young and established talents, including Fernando Tatis Jr. and Trent Grisham, and most recently, Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove and Blake Snell.
The Cornell University grad served as assistant general manager of the Texas Rangers before coming to the Padres. He once also spent three years in baseball operations with the Los Angeles Dodgers.