Logan White joins Padres front office. Preller swoon-o-meter at record levels.

Oh, A.J. Preller…is there anything you won’t do to make San Diego fall in love with you? Although we have yet to see what the Padres general manager can do in the free agent or trade markets, one thing is becoming more and more apparent…the guy knows how to surround himself with good people. Last Thursday, Preller lured current director of player development Sam Geaney away from the Oakland Athletics. Today, the Padres website announced the hiring of former Los Angeles Dodgers scouting director Logan White. According to the LA Times, White is rumored to be named senior advisor to the general manager, as well as director of pro scouting.

(UPDATE: The Padres made the official announcement this afternoon that White will be senior advisor to the general manager/scouting director. You can read the official release here.)

The Padres front office future is so bright, Logan White has to wear sunglasses.

The Padres front office future is so bright, Logan White has to wear sunglasses.

This is the second prominent member of the Dodgers front office to leave the organization this month with former vice president and director of player development DeJon Watson joining Tony LaRussa’s crew in Arizona.

The Twitter-verse seems to be smiling upon the Padres regarding this latest hire.

Favorable reaction from those outside of the Padres market. Always a positive.

Grumpy reaction from the Dodgers fan base. Excellent! (said in my best C. Montgomery Burns voice)

White previously worked for the Padres as their west coast supervisor from 1993-95 before leaving San Diego to serve the Baltimore Orioles in the same capacity. In 2002, White joined the Dodgers where he headed up their amateur draft for all 13 seasons he was with the organization. Some of White’s most notable draft picks included Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp, Dee Gordon, Russell Martin, James Loney, Corey Seager, and Joc Pederson. He was also very instrumental in the international signings of Yasiel Puig, Hyun-jin Ryu, Hiroki Kuroda, and Julio Urias. This past June, White interviewed with the Padres for the general manager position after Josh Byrnes was relieved of his duties.

Logan White is also no stranger to A.J. Preller. The two worked together in Los Angeles when Preller was a part of the Dodgers baseball operations department. Padres vice president of scouting operations and former Dodgers scout Don Welke also has a strong relationship with White.

Don’t look now…but the Padres might be building one of the best front offices in baseball.

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  • ballybunion

    The poll result says it all. When so much of trades, draft picks and other player moves depends on getting the best information and having smarter people executing those moves, the Padres are setting themselves up for long term success. A smart TEAM in the front office, not just a Billy Beane or Theo Epstein, may be the newest inefficiency to exploit in baseball.