In the wake of Padres general manager A.J. Preller's suspension for hiding medical info during trade talks, MLB will standardize the medical information that must be shared during trade negotiations, according to Kyle Glaser of Baseball America. Dan Halem, MLB's chief legal officer, confirmed the general managers were informed during the GM meetings last week.
Here's more, from Glaser:
"We've talked about medical records given the issues we had this season," Halem said, "and I think we're going to focus on trying to do even a better job of standardizing that process when clubs exchange records. General managers received an update on that whole process."
"This is kind of an area where we've been moving each year since we adopted the electronic medical records . . . to get more consistency and standardization across clubs," Halem said. "It was largely left to a committee of athletic trainers to determine the types of records each club should maintain and how to maintain them. We're going to formalize it a little more and contemplate pushing for guidance in terms of what has to be in and what has to be out. Just make sure everybody has confidence in the system."
Halem indicated the decision to standardize medical information during trade talks was not a response to Preller's suspension. This has been a long time coming. The general managers responded positively when informed of MLB's decision, according to Glaser.
Preller was suspended 30 games in September for failing to disclose medical information during trade talks. In a nutshell, San Diego kept two sets of medical records about their players. One detailed set for themselves, and a bare minimum set to share with trade partners.
Following the trade deadline, righty Colin Rea was returned from the Marlins to the Padres due to a preexisting elbow issue. Also, MLB gave the Red Sox a chance to reverse the Drew Pomeranz trade due to a treatment program that was unknown to Boston at the time of the trade.
MLB's investigation into the Pomeranz trade resulted in the suspension. Preller has served his 30 days and has since resumed his GM duties.