Tag:Kevin Towers
Posted on: November 3, 2010 7:42 pm
 

D-Backs apparently cutting ties with Webb

Brandon Webb Brandon Webb is a free agent and it doesn't sound like the Diamondbacks are interested in bringing back the 2006 Cy Young Award winner.

The team sent out a release basically wishing Webb well. It had quotes from three Diamondbacks officials, including new general manager Kevin Towers.

“Although we have not entirely closed the door on Brandon returning to the D-backs next season, I understand the process he and his agent are going through at this time as a free agent,” Towers said in the release. “Brandon was one of the elite pitchers in the National League and a leader on D-backs’ pitching staffs until suffering the injury two years ago. We wish him continued success as he goes through this process.”

Towers saw Webb's final instructional league game last month and was noncommittal in his remarks then. Webb was throwing in the 83-84 mph range in his two-inning stint on Oct. 7 at Chase Field.

Webb's dealt with arm issues since injuring himself on opening day in 2009 and hasn't pitched in the big leagues since. He underwent Tommy John surgery in August, 2009.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 2:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:21 pm
 

Dodgers' White to interview for Mets GM job

According to folks in Los Angeles, Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White is interviewing for the Mets' general manager position.

ESPNLosAngeles' Tony Jackson was the first to report White would interview on Friday, but then the New York Daily News refuted that report , saying the interview was only to be a scout. However, since then, MLB.com and the Los Angeles Times have also reported White will interview for the GM job.

White's two-year contract expires this year, but he has reached an agreement with the team on a new deal, according to the Times .

White interviewed for the Diamondbacks GM position that went to Kevin Towers. He also interviewed for the Astros GM job in 2007.

White will be the fifth person to interview with the Mets, along with Sandy Alderson, Rick Hahn, Josh Byrnes and Allard Baird.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 3:40 pm
 

Gibson to be retained by D-Backs

Kirk Gibson The Diamondbacks are expected to announce they are retaining interim manager Kirk Gibson on Monday, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert tweets .

Gibson took over the team on July 1 and led the team to a 34-65 record entering today's final game of the season. He was also at the helm for the team's only winning month of the season, a 16-13 August.

Gibson will be the Diamondbacks' third manager in less than two years, as A.J. Hinch replaced Bob Melvin in May of 2009 and then Gibson replaced Hinch this July.

Gibson had served as the Diamondbacks' bench coach since 2007 before he was named interim manager.

Towers announced the announcement on Sunday, and said it would be in reference to Gibson and the coaching staff.

Gilbert also tweets that an announcement on the status with former interim general manager Jerry Dipoto will be made Monday, but expects him to stay with the team.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 1:56 am
 

D-Backs' Towers talks 2011

New Arizona general manager Kevin Towers talked to reporters on Tuesday and had several interesting tidbits. Among them, he'll have more money to play with than he did with the Padres.

When asked about what kind of payroll the team could have in 2011, Towers wouldn't be specific, but did get a dig in at his old team and current divisional rival.

Kevin Towers "I never want to let my competitors know what I've got to work with," Towers said (via MLB.com's Steve Gilbert on Twitter). "Certainly more than I had in San Diego, let's put it that way."

One of Towers' prime targets for next season is a veteran starter for his rotation.

"I think it's important to probably get another starter, another veteran starter, to log some innings," Towers said, according to the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro. "Him and [Joe] Saunders would allow those kids to be at the back end of the rotation. It's tough when you take a kid and expect them to be a No. 2 or a No. 1. It's nice to let them slowly evolve into those guys and let the veteran guys show them the way."

The youngsters Towers referenced are Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson and Barry Enright, who along with Saunders should make up the 2011 rotation.

Towers also said he doesn't see much starting pitching in the free agent market after Cliff Lee, the team would also like to get more offense out of left field and he'd make an effort to upgrade the bullpen. He also said it "looks good" that interim GM Jerry Dipoto will stay with the Diamondbacks.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 23, 2010 11:30 am
Edited on: September 23, 2010 12:13 pm
 

Towers wants Greg Maddux as pitching coach

Now that the Diamondbacks have their GM, the team is ready to find a permanent manager and pitching coach.

All Kevin Towers will have to do for the manager's job, however, is look right at the current skipper -- interim manager Kirk Gibson. Jim Bowden of FOX Sports reports that Arizona is expected to begin negotiations with Gibson on becoming the permanent manager of the D-Backs.

Pitching coach is a bit of a different animal. Mel Stottlemyre is the incumbent, but Towers is looking in a different direction -- right to eventual Hall of Famer Greg Maddux.

"I told Greg two years ago as soon as you want to be on the field please make me the first call," Towers told USA TODAY . The GM is interested in Maddux as pitching coach or bench coach.

Gibson has a 30-43 record with 'Zona, but has built a reptuation as a fiery, go-get-'em manager that is much needed in Arizona these days to change the culture of passive acceptance of losing, which was pointed to at as one of the major problems prior to the regime change.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 9:05 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:21 pm
 

Report: Towers to be offered GM job

Has Kevin Towers won the lottery to be Diamondbacks GM?

FOX Sports' Jim Bowden is reporting that a "reliable" source (shouldn't all sources be reliable?) says Towers will be offered the Diamondbacks' GM job and the official announcement could be as early as tomorrow.

Bowden did note that he is trying to confirm the source's allegations, but it would come as no surprise if true: we know the race is down to Towers and current interim GM Jerry DiPoto, with reports earlier in the day surfacing that Towers and Arizona's management had discussed the future of current manager Kirk Gibson.

Although Towers may be offered the job, there is no done deal. Towers will command more money than the average GM due to his years of success with the Padres. The Diamondbacks may offer a salary that Towers is uncomfortable taking.

UPDATE : Done deal, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, and Towers will ink for a surprising two years. Most GMs and managers sign for at least three, and GMs are typically given a "five-year window" although three is about as all as anyone gets these days to turn the team around. Perhaps the team is hoping Jerry DiPoto sticks around and apprentinces under Towers for two more years? And obviously Towers signed off on two years as well -- he seems confident enough in his skills to need that little time to prove he's still one of the best GMs in the game, in no danger of not getting another job should Arizona not work out.

(This is all conjecture.)

 -- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 21, 2010 9:30 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:23 pm
 

D-Backs down to 2 for GM

The Diamondbacks general manager race is down to two, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert writes .

It appears the next general manager in Arizona will be either interim GM Jerry Dipoto or former Padres GM Kevin Towers.

Dodgers assistant general managers Logan White and De Jon Watson, as well as Angels scouting director Eddie Bane, have been told they are no longer candidates, Gilbert reports.

The team is expected to make a final decision this week.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 10:05 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:21 pm
 

D-Backs interview 5 for GM spot

The Diamondbacks finished interviewing five candidates for their general manager position on Wednesday, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports.

The team interviewed interim GM Jerry Dipoto, former Padres GM Kevin Towers, Angels scouting director Eddie Bane and Dodgers assistant GMs Logan White and De Jon Watson.

None of those names are any surprise. Dipoto and Towers had been seen as the leading candidates since the beginning.

Gilbert speculates the team could have a GM in place as soon as next week. The team said it wanted a GM in place by the end of the season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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