The Padres have set their course for 2024, opting to maintain the mind belief that they had in place regardless of what has universally been considered a disappointing season.
A.J. Preller will stay as normal supervisor and president of baseball operations whereas Bob Melvin can be in cost within the dugout.
Padres chairman Peter Seidler issued an announcement this week noting the staff’s subpar efficiency this season, however nonetheless provided his “full help” to staff leaders.
“We entered 2023 with expectations that we might construct on final yr’s NLCS look and contend for a World Collection Championship. We fell in need of that aim. The Padres group will be taught from this season and emerge in 2024 with the items in place to compete for San Diego’s first World Collection title. Our present management staff continues to have my full help, and I’ve requested them to carry out an intensive evaluation of our group, starting right this moment. We’ll make the modifications essential to play championship-caliber baseball for our extraordinary followers in 2024.”
The staff introduced Preller’s and Melvin’s returns on Wednesday, two days after releasing Seidler’s assertion.
The Padres completed third within the Nationwide League West, 18 video games behind the division-winning Dodgers. The staff had hoped to contend, however proved maddeningly inconsistent and solely a scorching September lifted them to complete above .500.
Whereas some hypothesis concerning the staff’s destiny targeted on clubhouse management, different questions centered on Preller, significantly his management fashion and relationship with Melvin.
Melvin has a yr remaining on his contract.
“Each he and I are very excited concerning the problem of getting this group again to the postseason subsequent yr,” Preller informed MLB.com, avoiding the topic of negotiations to increase the deal.
Melvin, chatting with the Related Press Thursday, additionally declined to touch upon any potential talks. He stated his relationship with Preller “is ok and we’re shifting ahead.” He additionally stated that in 2024 he’s “wanting ahead to having a significantly better yr than we had this yr.”