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D-Backs announce Towers as new GM

Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:39 am
Edited on: September 22, 2010 2:06 pm
 
Kevin Towers is the new Diamondbacks general manager, and Kirk Gibson is expected to remain the team's manager for 2011.

The Diamondbacks are announcing the Towers hiring today, and a source told CBSSports.com's Scott Miller that Towers will likely retain Gibson, who has been the team's interim manager since GM Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch were fired on July 1. Towers and Gibson met this morning, but because details on Gibson's contract still need to be worked out, an announcement on his future may take a few days.

Towers built an outstanding reputation during his 14 years as general manager of the Padres, and San Diego's success this year with a team that he largely built has only added to it. He was able to build competitive teams with limited budgets, which figures to be important because money has become an issue in Arizona.

A lack of money, in fact, is one reason that some people in baseball thought Towers wouldn't end up in Arizona. The Diamondbacks are still paying Byrnes through 2015, and the thinking was that they might stay with interim general manager Jerry DiPoto, an impressive and low-cost alternative.

But the D-Backs were able to agree with Towers on a two-year contract for approximately $2.5 million, with option years.

The Diamondbacks offered DiPoto a chance to stay on as part of Towers' staff, but it's expected that DiPoto will decline the offer and leave the organization. There is already talk that DiPoto would be a leading candidate to replace Jack Zduriencik in Seattle, if the Mariners make a change. For now, Zduriencik is expected to survive this disappointing Mariner season, but it's unlikely he could survive more disappointment next year. DiPoto interviewed for the Seattle job before Zduriencik was hired two years ago.

The 48-year-old Towers interviewed with the Diamondbacks once before, when Jeff Moorad was running the Diamondbacks, but Byrnes got the job. It was Moorad who fired Towers in San Diego shortly after taking over the Padres last year.

With Gibson likely remaining as manager, it would be no surprise if Alan Trammell joined the Diamondbacks' coaching staff. Trammell, who was Lou Piniella's bench coach with the Cubs but is not being considered for the managing job there, is one of Gibson's closest friends and also has ties to Towers, who he worked for with the Padres.

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Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2010 6:36 pm
 

D-Backs announce Towers as new GM

This last posting sounds like someone w/a chip on their shoulder.  If a man is with a team for 15 years, I think his building of the team speaks for itself.  It certainly does not mean that EVERY player he selected was going to be a super star.  Several were definite flops.  But look at every team in the league......they certainly had prospects where mucho denero was spent, and results were very poor.  Let's give the guy a chance over a 2 year period and see what he can pull out of the colleges and minor leagues to make this team competitive.  I believe Mark Reynolds is a goner, if he cannot hit major league pitching.  Swing for the fences every time does not cut it in the majors.  He should have learnt that in the minors.  Maybe he came up 2 years too soon.  Towers and Gibson will have to determine that.  As for the pitching staff, Stottlemeir may be gone.  Most home runs given up?  There must be a solution, as this cannot be tolerated by management, or the fan base will quickly go away.  That's my initial input to the idiot before me.



Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2010 3:58 pm
 

D-Backs announce Towers as new GM

Towers is an awful GM. He was way in over his head in San Diego. This is a guy who drafted Matt Bush. This is a guy who traded Woody Williams for creaky knees Ray Lankford. This is a guy who gave HUGE long term deals to roid head and underperformers like Brian Giles, Phil Nevin, Bubba Trammel and Ryan Klesko.
This is a guy who changed the complexion of his entire organization to accomodate Sean Burroughs....and the kid couldn't even play the game.
Towers is the ultimate flim-flam man. He is a complete charlatan. The man is so smarmy and sleazy, yet he managed to fool Padres upper management and fans for almost 15 years.
Get used to the cellar D-Backs. You'll be there for a long time as long as this inept, incompetent fool is running the show for you. Just wait. You'll see.


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