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The cupboard ain't bare in San Diego

Oct 12, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

Via MLB Trade Rumors, here’s a choice quote regarding the Padres’ front office situation:

Considering the current state of the Padres, it’s an easy guess
that whomever CEO Jeff Moorad selects as the new GM will be lauding
Towers’ efforts for years to come . . . the Padres’ new GM will
walk into one of the most promising setups in baseball.  The Padres have only $12 million in guaranteed money
committed for 2010 after Towers unloaded Jake Peavy’s $56 million
contract.  The pitching staff was completely overhauled through the
trades of Peavy and Scott Hairston and several other minor
deals.  The 40-man roster is loaded with affordable, controllable
talent.

Wow, that is great.  So can someone please explain to me why the architect of that got fired again?

  1. JL - Oct 12, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Dumping salary doesn’t exactly take much skill. Building a winning roster just might, however.

  2. Mike Dark - Oct 12, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Another mention of the Padres 37-25 stretch. If I was the Front Office, I would spend some time addressing that stretch. On his way out, Towers pointed to it as an indicator of the Pads being ready to contend next year. Moorad talked to it as well as a positive sign and part of the excellent job done by Towers this season. But, it just screams SMALL SAMPLE SIZE. And, with runs scored of 275 versus runs allowed of 259, Pythagoras would have had them at 4 games over .500 during that stretch instead of 12. I bet the new GM comes in trying to manage expectations a little better than has been done so far.

  3. Tom - Oct 12, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    I’m a pretty big Kevin Towers fan but there is a pretty simple explanation on why he got fired:
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/?query_type=franch_round&team_ID=SDP&draft_round=1&draft_type=junreg
    Now maybe some of those picks weren’t his fault but ultimately he was the person in charge so he has to take the blame for this near historic run of ineptitude. He’s really getting fired for his inability to talk the owner out of drafting Matt Bush instead of Jared Weaver — the franchise would look a lot different if he could have done that (possible playoff series victories in 2005 and 2006 plus maybe the NL favorites in 2007).

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