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The Dbacks are close to hiring Kevin Towers

Sep 10, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

We heard the other day that the Diamondbacks are really interested in hiring Kevin Towers to run the club. Now Peter Gammons is reporting that a deal between Towers and the club is in place, but that it can’t be announced until “the process” is complete. Whatever that means.

Most interesting thing about Gammons’ tweet is his sourcing: “Three GMs insist . . .”  That could be true, but I wonder how that sort of information circulates. Do the GMs — current and past — all chat about this online? Is there a GM union hall someplace where Towers is sitting next to the keg, telling anyone who listen that he latched on with Arizona?

“That’s great, Kevin. Now pay your back dues, OK?”

  1. Detroit Michael - Sep 10, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    In other General Manager news, Billy Beane was quoted in this morning’s papers: “Here in Oakland there’s an expectation that we’re going to win every year, regardless of our payroll or revenues,’’ Beane said, “so when there’s a player like Matt Holliday that can immediately impact you, sometimes impatience does come into play.’‘
    Really? In Oakland? We get agitated when a Mets GM says something like this (Craig said he should be fired, if I recall correctly) but it certainly is less true in Oakland.

  2. Alex K - Sep 10, 2010 at 8:49 AM

    The process? They let Dayton Moore hire the new GM?

  3. Xpensive Wino - Sep 10, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    Apparently the Diamondbacks noticed that the Padres are winning this year with a team Towers assembled (with minor exceptions). They’re hoping some of that mojo rubs off on them…….

  4. Drakos - Sep 10, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    They probably also noticed that their bullpen is terrible and building a bullpen is something that Towers has been good at. As a Padres fan I don’t like this one bit.

  5. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Sep 10, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Correct me if i’m wrong, but isn’t Towers currently working for the Yankees? Wouldn’t the dbacks need to compensate the Yanks since he’s under contract with them?
    Also, the guys at RAB note that the Yanks couldn’t hire him as a GM since he’d have to forfeit money owed by SD. Is that still in play?

  6. John_Michael - Sep 10, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    [pointing to one of the executives] ‘He knows what I’m talking about. A retainer. Nobody in this town works without a retainer. You think you can find someone who does, you have my blessin’. But I think we all know that person isn’t going to represent you as well as I can.’

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