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Kevin Towers has been offered a job within the Dbacks organization

Sep 5, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

Kevin Towers

The Diamondbacks made official a little while ago what was reported last night: Kevin Towers is out as the team’s GM. But the team has offered Towers another job within the organization. I would assume it’s related to scouting or as an advisor of sorts to Tony La Russa. Towers is said to be considering the offer. According to Tony La Russa, whether he accepts it will depend on who is hired as the Dbacks’ new GM.

He’s said by far more people, however, to be a candidate for a job in San Diego, where he used to be the GM. The Padres recently hired A.J. Preller as their general manager, but it’s been speculated for some time that ownership would welcome Towers back in an advisory role. That two teams who have fired Kevin Towers as their GM nonetheless want him to be involved in the front office somehow probably speaks a lot to how much Towers is admired and respected in the game, even if his moves as GM didn’t work out too terribly well.

The Dbacks further said that they will begin the search for a new GM this week. Whether they make any other changes in baseball operations — including the retention, or not, of Kirk Gibson — will be determined after a new GM is in place.

  1. Ren Ignatiago - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    ……….. Oh. Just fired from his current position… I see.

    • samcro07 - Sep 7, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      This team is a mess. Who would want to be GM with LaRussa looking over his shoulder and calling the shots? Way to top heavy organization right now and the field management is a disaster. Gibson needs to go and a new Manager needs to be brought in fast to field a team he is going to manage.

  2. nsauser - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Typical Dbacks! Towers just got fired for dismantling the on-field aspect of the entire organization, and they still want him roaming the offices?!?!? This team will never be successful with the current managing parter/front office personnel.

    • gbrim - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      The root of the problem is managing general partner Ken Kendrick. Well intentioned, limited wallet, no management skills, no communication skills except putting his foot in his mouth. Phoenix doesn’t have to put up with Bill Bidwill’s skill set anymore, but Kendrick is baseball’s version and we are stuck with him, unfortunately.

      • nsauser - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        Yea, and at what point do the “money guys” get tired of Kendrick’s antics costing them millions of dollars?!?!

  3. tigers182 - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    … he’s been hired to clean the outfield pools.

    • ltzep75 - Sep 5, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      who else is going to get the grit out.

  4. tearlw - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Right, the old we like him but he’s bad at his job so give him another one where he can’t cause trouble because he’s fun to hang with job. We’ve all been there haven’t we?

  5. El Bravo - Sep 5, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    I heard he’s going to oversee the Grant, Risk & Investment Trusts department.

  6. drs76109 - Sep 5, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Jeff Luhnow goes to AZ. Too much controversy in Houston and he comes for the StL system.

    The Nolan Ryan moves into a bigger role in Houston.

    • nsauser - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      Hasn’t Luhnow created much of the mess himself?

    • Paper Lions - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Nolan Ryan knows nothing about running baseball operations. He was an ownership figure head in Texas and he is pretty much the same thing in Houston. He’s there for PR (and because his son works on the business side of the organization).

  7. gloccamorra - Sep 5, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    The rumor about Towers returning to San Diego was started by disgruntled Diamondbacks fans who kept claiming that Towers was a plant to destroy a Padres’ division rival. Good job, Kevin, but you can’t go home again. When Cashman gets his Yankees extension, he’ll hire you as an advisor again.

  8. zdravit - Sep 6, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Cancer never goes away.

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