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The Padres are rebuilding in 2016. Well, sort of: they haven't fully committed to that just yet, as they still have plenty of pieces to sell, but those sales will eventually happen. That's why it's a little odd to hear whispers that general manager A.J. Preller's job is in jeopardy over the Padres' failure to contend in 2015. Contending would have been a nifty bonus in what is a long-term reshaping of a franchise that has for too long been directionless. If you need some direct evidence of that, Padres' President Mike Dee spelled out why those whispers should be ignored: Preller is there for the long term.
He was hired to improve San Diego's lackluster international efforts, as that was Preller's area of expertise while working in the Rangers' front office. The Padres have already started to commit significant resources to their international operations, and it's not the kind of thing that just changes overnight unless you're lucky enough to sign a Yoan Moncada or a Yasiel Puig -- the former was actually one of Preller's early targets, but the Red Sox signed him in the end, and opportunities to sign international free agents that close to the bigs are rare.
If the Padres never get anything out of the $30 million they've supposedly committed to international players for the next signing period -- a figure that's actually $60 million after budget penalties -- then we can talk about Preller's job security in ways other than saying "he has it." For now, the only real question to ask about Preller is why the Padres haven't gone in harder on the rebuilding angle. Knowing how he works the phones, though, the best guess is that the deals just weren't there yet. Like with those international signings, check back in July.
- Jokes and pranks about height can be pretty mean and unimaginative. This one the Astros played on Jose Altuve is neither of those things.
- The New York Post was so, so excited about Matt Harvey's bathroom habits.
- The Cubs will not win the World Series, as they used up all of their magic for 2016 on Jon Lester hitting a spring training homer. You know, Jon Lester, the guy who set the record for most at-bats before getting a hit. Honestly, even though there is video evidence, I'm still not convinced Lester actually went deep.
- Jose Reyes is no longer being charged with domestic violence, due to an uncooperative witness. Major League Baseball is still conducting its own investigation, though, so while Reyes won't see jail time, he could very well still be suspended for a large chunk of 2016.
- The Rockies have named prospect Trevor Story their Opening Day shortstop, and while it's good to see a team not bend the rules so as to get an extra year of control over one of their players, it's still a little weird to see.
- Nick Swisher is now a free agent. Would a reunion with the Yankees make sense, given Greg Bird's injury?
- Longtime Braves fixture John Schuerholz is stepping down as president, but he'll stick around the organization in an advisor role.
- It's basically impossible to predict the Pirates these days.
- Rene Rivera, who the Rays got as part of that disastrous Wil Myers trade, has been released. James Loney won't be part of the team in 2016, either, as he'll either be traded or released.
- This is a video of stampeding children chasing a lost home run ball.