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Why are the Padres leaving Kevin Towers to dangle?

Oct 2, 2009, 10:25 AM EDT

There are rumors swirling in San Diego that GM Kevin Towers could be fired at the end of the season. Officially, new owner/CEO Jeff Moorad is being non-committal:

“We’re continuing our evaluation and assessment of multiple parts of the organization, baseball included,” Moorad said in an email. “At this point, Kevin is our general manager, and is under contract through the 2010 season.”

There’s no law that says an owner has to publicly proclaim his love for his under-contract general manager, but you’d think Moorad would be more effusive, because Towers has done a pretty good job under tough circumstances in San Diego.

Even though everything was cut to the bone due to owner John Moores’ expensive divorce, the team is better in 2009 than it was in 2008. Indeed, the Padres are 38-33 in the second half, which is a game better than the Dodgers have been.  Towers was forced to trade Jake Peavy, and despite having to deal with both a harsh no-trade clause and the fact that everyone in baseball knew he was desperate to unload him, he managed to make a great deal, getting some great young arms and unloading $53 million in salary obligations.

One never knows for sure what goes on inside a major league front office, but unless Moorad simply doesn’t like and feels he can’t work with Towers, I can’t see that firing a guy like him is anything close to a good idea. Especially when mopes like Brian Sabean are allowed to hang around.

  1. The Common Man - Oct 2, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Kevin Towers is welcome to come and run the Twins if he finds himself looking for work this offseason.

  2. Bill@TDS - Oct 2, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Nothing in particular against Towers, but if this gets DePo another shot, I’m all for it.

  3. John Pileggi - Oct 2, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Towers has done very well when he has had the money to spend, and gotten value when he has had to be a seller. There are few who can work with what he has had to that would have done better. The guy deserves to either get renewed, or allowed out now, with a year at full pay to latch on with another club that can use his talents.

  4. Alec Mildenstein - Jan 16, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    Very nice post. Do you accept guest writers?

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