Scott Miller reports that the Padres were fined an undisclosed amount for holding an illegal practice for international prospects prior to the international signing period. Miller's sources say Padres GM A.J. Preller flew prospects and their family members into Aruba in June, providing them with food and lodging. The problem is that prospects to young to be eligible for the draft can't be taken out of their country.
According to MLB rules, it is forbidden to take prospects who are at an age level not yet eligible for that year's international signing period out of their native country.
As we learned in the offsesaon, this isn't the first time that Preller has been fined by the MLB. He was suspended and fined while doing something else shady in the Dominican Republic when he was with the Texas Rangers.
Kim Ng, MLB senior vice president, declined to comment when reached Monday. Padres president Mike Dee also declined to comment, saying he considers it a "closed matter."
Oh, okay as long as it's a closed matter.