Major League Baseball came down on the San Diego Padres for their actions leading up to the trade that sent Drew Pomeranz to the Red Sox in July, suspending GM A.J. Preller for 30 days without pay.
Preller allegedly withheld from the Red Sox some "preventative measures'' the Padres had been talking with Pomeranz's surgically repaired left shoulder in talks leading up to the July 14th trade.
The trade will not be rescinded, nor do the Red Sox seem interested in having that done. They're happy with the trade that shipped highly-regarded prospect Anderson Espinoza to the Padres. Earlier, when Preller was found guilty of similar behavior following a mid-season trade with the Florida Marlins, MLB ordered the teams to send some of the players involved back to their original teams.
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who had previously refused comment on the investigation, was made not immediately available to comment on MLB's penalty.
This isn't the first time that Preller has run afoul of Major League Baseball. While an assistant GM with the Texas Rangers, he was suspended in 2010 for violations of baseball rules regarding international signings.