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.
"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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