Bob Melvin will return as manager of the San Diego Padres next season, president of baseball operations A.J. Preller said Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know:
“Bob is our manager, and he’s going to be our manager going forward,” Preller said. “Both he and I are very excited about the challenge of getting this group back to the postseason next year.”
The Padres opened this season with a $249 million payroll — a franchise record and the third-highest in the majors. They missed the postseason after going 82-80.
The 61-year-old Melvin, a three-time…