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There are already rumors about Kevin Towers being replaced in Arizona

May 20, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

When Tony La Russa was hired by the Dbacks over the weekend, a lot of people’s first thought was “welp, Kevin Towers is probably a goner.”  There has been the suggestion that no changes are imminent, but no one has given Towers a vote of confidence either. Into that vacuum comes various people around baseball speculating as to who is gonna take his job. Gammons:

Who knows if LaRocque is going to take the job — or even if there will be a job to take — but it’s inescapable that the Dbacks hired La Russa to create an organization in Arizona akin to the one he left in St. Louis: a deep system, a coherent organizational philosophy and a consistent winner without going too crazy in the payroll department.

Why wouldn’t you hire a Cardinals guy to do that?

  1. dowhatifeellike - May 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    I am surprised it has taken this long, honestly.

    • dan1111 - May 20, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      That was my first thought, too: “already”? How about “finally”?

  2. stex52 - May 20, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    I will point out that LaRussa didn’t build the organization at St. Louis. But it is reasonable that he was a keen enough observer to understand what was being done. But why not grab someone from the FO in the first place, if that is what you want? Still not sure whether this hire was window dressing.

    • paperlions - May 20, 2014 at 10:06 AM


      Not only was LaRussa not in any way an architect of the organization or its current philosophy, he and Duncan were against the change in philosophy when Jocketty was let go and for many years after that…..who knows, maybe, in the end, he was a convert. While he may be a keen observer, I’m not sure he is particularly qualified to pick the person to build a StL-style organization or to oversee such an endeavor.

      It’ll be interesting though, that’s for sure. But this will be doomed to fail if ownership is not patient. Re-building an organization based on a new philosophy doesn’t happen overnight and doesn’t produce results quickly (unless the new philosophy is to outspend the Dodgers).

      • stex52 - May 20, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        Tell me about long term rebuilds, Paper. Houston will be able to write the book.

      • paperlions - May 20, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        Well, Houston started out in far worse shape than Arizona is in. The lack of assets in that organization when the team was sold was criminal.

        Even though it was a hard thing to let the MLB team suck. With the current MLB rules about spending on the draft and amateur talent, sucking allows teams to spend more and to have higher picks, which can help with the turnaround. The Nats and Rays both benefited (eventually) from having high picks…now that the Rays haven’t had the benefit of high picks, their system is getting really thin.

  3. luz56 - May 20, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Towers has destroyed the farm of assets… The handling if Justin Upton was an absolute joke and he should have been fired just for that

    • pappageorgio - May 20, 2014 at 10:41 AM

      This and the Bauer trade… wasn’t that those guys were traded it was the way both trades happened. Towers painted himself into a corner. He went on the radio/TV and did interviews and ailenated both guys to the point where they had to go. Then he tried to play hardball with other teams until many walked away from deals…allways demanding more. Then after evryone had moved on, Towers had to settle for less.

      If I needed someone to teach a class on how to destroy leverage and overplay your hand…..I’d want Ken Towers to teach that class.

      AZ needs to not do this the Towers way…..don’t drag this out for months, quick like ripping off a band aid. This is a team full of blue collar types. The players here are going to be very attractive to teams trying to mkae a run……No one wants Towers at the wheel during the fire sale that’s about to happen. Gibson can go later, the season is basically over, but AZ needs the GM of the futire in charge when July gets here.

      • gbrim - May 20, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        The ‘blue-collar guys’ litter their roster, that’s for sure, but their contracts are so expensive, thanks to Kendrick/Towers, not much talent might be available in a trade. Anybody want to give up much for Prado at his contract, how about Hill, maybe we get a taker for Montero? The last one maybe, with not much coming in return.

        I wouldn’t want to have to make this work, but perhaps the best thing is to eat the worst of the awful contracts (Cahill), try to get a little bit for Chavez or Pennington, and ride out the bad contracts of guys like Prado, Hill, and Montero. Team will be mediocre for awhile. The alternative is to be awful (Cubs/Astros awful) for at least as long, waiting for the top draft picks in ’15 and beyond to mature. Truly awful alternatives, courtesy of the ownership and GMs who did their bidding.

  4. Old Gator - May 20, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Speaking of which, whatever happened to Larry Beinfest, hmmmmm?

  5. zdravit - May 20, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Watch Towers make one more insane trade before he gets the boot. Hate that cacksacker.

  6. sisqsage - May 20, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Grittiness only takes you so far.

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