Padres interview Rangers exec Preller for GM

DENVER -- The Padres on Monday interviewed a fifth candidate for their vacant general manager job: Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller.

Preller is in his 10th season with the Rangers and has been one of general manager Jon Daniels' most trusted lieutenants. From 2010-13, he was in charge of the Rangers' professional, international and amateur scouting and helped rebuild the farm system.

Previously, the Padres interviewed former Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest, Dodgers vice president of amateur scouting Logan White, D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery and Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler.

The Padres are also expected to interview Red Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen and the Major League Baseball senior vice president of baseball operations Kim Ng, possibly as early as this week.

Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler and team president and CEO Mike Dee have conducted the interviews. Dee said recently he expected the new GM to be on the job sometime after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The list of GM candidates could see additions and subtractions. So far, three candidates -- David Forst of the A's, Mike Chernoff of the Indians and Jason McLeod of the Cubs -- have declined interviews. Forst is an assistant GM, while Chernoff holds the same post with the Indians. McLeod, who previously worked for the Padres, is the Cubs' scouting director.

The Padres' senior vice president of baseball operations, Omar Minaya, has said he will not ask for an interview. Current Padres assistant GM A.J. Hinch is a viable candidate for the job. He is handling the daily operations of the big league team.

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.