Tag:Kevin Towers
Posted on: September 10, 2010 10:10 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:22 pm

Yankees block D-Backs GM search

The Yankees have denied the Diamondbacks permission to speak to Damon Oppenheimer, New York's vice president of amateur scouting, about their opening for general manager.

FoxSports.com first reported the news, and the Arizona Republic 's Nick Piecoro has confirmed the report.

Although it does seem harsh, Piecoro reminds us the Yankees did the same thing when Arizona was searching for a GM five years ago when the team wanted to interview Mark Newman.

Oppenheimer has run the Yankees' drafts since 2005.

Jerry Dipoto, Kevin Towers and Logan White are thought to be the front-runners for the job and interviews are expected to begin next week.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 9, 2010 10:44 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:22 pm

DiPoto, Towers on Diamondbacks' short list

Kevin Towers Waiting for the latest news in the breathless search for a new Diamondbacks general manager?

Me too, which is why Nick Piecoro's latest is much welcome.

The Arizona Republic reports that the two leading candidates to be the next permanent (as permanent as the position can be, I suppose) GM of Arizona is current interim GM Jerry DiPoto and ex-Padres GM Kevin Towers.

Piecoro says that interviews will begin in the next few days, but it's expected to come down to DiPoto and Towers. He also names Dodgers executive Logan White as a dark horse.

DiPoto's claim to the job comes from his actions since taking over for Josh Byrnes on July 1. Byrnes has slashed payroll, brought in players he feels will help address the complacency that has permeated the clubhouse and has made the team more successful.

Yes, Daniel Hudson is pitching over his head since being acquired from the White Sox for Edwin Jackson (5-1 with a 1.91 ERA in eight starts) but is still a great addition to a club searching to fill out its rotation with young, quality players.

The knock against DiPoto is his ties with the old regime, as he previously served as director of player personnel and had a big hand in the moves of Arizona -- moves that cost Byrnes his job.

Meanwhile, Towers (pictured, right) helmed the Pads for 14 years, often working with a small budget and creating winners. He was oddly fired after the 2009 season, but the success of the Padres in 2010 largely rests in his hands even as he draws paychecks from the Yankees as a special-assignment scout.

Towers is no stranger to making trades -- Adrian Gonzalez is among one of the crown jewels he has acquired -- and bargain-basement shopping, crafting dominant bullpens out of thin air.

Sounds like a great candidate. That's exactly why it may be tough to hire Towers -- he wouldn't come cheaply and will have plenty of other teams vying for his services.

White has ran the amateur scouting department since 2002, overseeing the development of current major-league contributors like Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp, Jonathan Broxton, Russell Martin... the list goes on. He also has a connection with 'Zona CEO Derrick Hall as Hall used to work in L.A..

His drawback? Limited experience outside of amateur scouting, although the same pedigree was found in Jack Zduriencik, Mike Rizzo and Towers himself. All three have had varying successes as GM since, so White may benefit from a more open mindset.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 9:56 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:22 pm

D-Backs zeroing in on GM candidates

The Arizona Diamondbacks have said they'd like a new general manager in place as soon as possible, and now the team reportedly will begin interviewing people over the "next couple of weeks."

FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi has a list of six the Diamondbacks are expected to interview, including interim GM Jerry Dipoto. Morosi says sources tell him Arizona's higher-ups were satisfied with Dipoto's deadline-deals after he took over for Josh Byrnes.

The others listed by Morosi are current assistant GM Peter Woodfork, former Padres GM Kevin Towers, the Yankees' Damon Oppenheimer, the Dodgers' De Jon Watson and Logan White.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 31, 2010 12:06 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:22 pm

Diamondbacks hope to have GM by end of September

Jerry DiPoto The Arizona Diamondbacks are beginning the process of finding their new general manager, reports MLB.com .

The goal is to find a permanent GM by the end of September, president Derrick Hall said, noting that interim GM Jerry DiPoto (pictured) would get consideration for the gig.

"Jerry's done a great job for us," Hall said, naming him a top candidate due to his work since taking over on July 1, shipping out Dan Haren and Edwin Jackson as part of his efforts to retool the club.

Hall wants to interview five to 10 candidates, likely to include ex-Padres GM Kevin Towers who is currently working for the Yankees.

While Hall has a list of candidates available, he can't simply talk to anyone he wants -- teams have to grant permission to talk to executives under contract with another organization. Generally, it is not a roadblock but it may be given that opposing teams may not want to lose a vital part of their staff while the season is ongoing.

Hall is expected to talk to Yankees vice president of amateur scouting Damon Oppenheimer, who has skyrocketed up potential GM lists as of late and Dodgers assistant GM Logan White. Internally, the club may also speak to assistant GM Peter Woodfork, although it's unlikely Woodfork would vault over DiPoto.

Throughout the interview process, Hall will seek someone who knows the organization well. "I'm hoping with every candidate will come in here with a plan of what they would do as our general manager, not just general vagueness," Hall said.

"I'm looking for someone who has a good balance of evaluation and business sense as well, someone who is a good negotiator. Someone that values scouting and player development and someone who knows how to get the most out of a payroll in a mid-sized market."

Frankly, that sounds just like Kevin Towers, who was dumped from the Padres despite finishing in first from 2005-06, then having to slash payroll from a 2008 mark of $73.6 million to a 2009 payroll of $43.7 million. Towers then worked on slashing more -- including trading Jake Peavy late in 2009, for an eventual 2010 payroll of $37.7 million.

And throughout this slashing, the Padres are currently first in the division with Towers' fingerprints all over the team. Dealing with getting the most out of a payroll certainly isn't a concern as well as Towers' unparalleled evaluation skills.

Whoever the new GM is, he will have a challenge on his hands with several players up for arbitration due hefty raises plus a rotation to fill out, bullpen to reconstruct and some holes on offense that will have to be filled. Arizona's squad has the talent to win quickly -- but much of what the new GM does in the offseason will dictate the performance of the Diamondbacks in 2011.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 10:14 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:21 pm

Minaya on the hot seat?

Omar Minaya Omar Minaya may be out as the Mets' general manager if the team doesn't have a big finish, Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman reports .

Heyman cites "people familiar with the situation" as saying only a good finish could save the jobs of Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel.

"I focus on doing my job today, and that's all I can control," Minaya told Heyman.

Owner Fred Wilpon had insinuated earlier this month that Minaya's job was safe.

The Mets entered Tuesday's game with Florida with a 62-62 record, better than last season's 70-92 mark, but hardly up to New York expectations.

Heyman lists Kevin Towers, John Ricco, Wayne Krivsky and Pat Gillick as potential replacements. Ricco and Krivsky are already with the Mets. He also lists Bob Melvin as the "leading candidate" to replace Manuel with Wally Backman as another possibility.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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