Report: Towers “leaning towards” joining Yanks

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Former Padres’ GM and Brian Cashman‘s homeboy Kevin Towers is reportedly “leaning towards” accepting an offer to join the Yankees in some unknown capacity, according to Tracy Ringolsby. Towers is planning to meet with the Yanks, Red Sox, Mets, and Mariners about potential employment during the Winter Meetings next week, and I’ve already made it known that I want the Yanks to bring him aboard because he’s a certified genius when to comes to evaluating pitching.

Despite being more than qualified for just about any position a baseball team could possibly offer, Towers has already said that he’s not looking to sit in an office unless he’s a GM. Instead, he’s just looking to scout and be a guy that goes out and gathers information while someone else makes the decisions.

“That information-gathering is exciting for me; it gets the adrenaline flowing,” Towers said. “But I don’t mind being a sixth man or extra guy, either. I had that role before I was ever a G.M. I don’t mind being a good listener and just seeing how another G.M. works. I’ve always wanted to see how someone else does it.”

In a must read piece, Towers told The San Diego Union Tribune’s Tim Sullivan about how he wants to experience life in the American League, and how he’d just like to be a part of a big market front office for once.

“I don’t think I really know the AL as well as I know the NL, and I think it would be more educational,” Towers said between bites of a burger on Morena Boulevard. “Preferably, (with) more of a big-market club. I’d like to see how they do business, how you put an American League team together.

“I’ve always been used to a small pool of free agents. And even in trades, you can usually eliminate about 50 percent of the players on a lot of clubs’ rosters who wouldn’t fit in (the Padres’) budget. My focus has always been on a small group. I want to learn what is the process a GM has with a large group of players — internationally and domestically. How does that work?”

Sullivan also notes in the article that KT is “leery of the tension he perceives between his former boss and his former protégé, Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein,” according to Sullivan, which is good for the Bombers.

One day, Kevin Towers will get to put his GM hat back on. For now though, he seems content to just get back into the swing of things while learning as much as he can in a new environment. Ringolsby’s report make is sound like the Yankees will soon be the beneficiary of his experience and input, even if it’s only for a year or two. Only good can come from this.

Saturday Night Open Thread
Cameron not an option for the outfield?
  • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster)

    Excellent, excellent. Theo, eat your heart out.

  • Jake K.

    Fuck yeah. Could be the Yanks’ first and, dare I say, most significant addition of the offseason.

    • Evil Empire

      I was thinking the same thing. This could very well be the most important signing of the off-season.

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Excepting Texas, today has been an amazing sports day. This seals it.

    • Evil Empire

      You mean ESPECIALLY Texas, right?

      Hook ’em!!!

    • Tseng

      Texas is the only redeeming part of this day.

      So much Clemson sadness.

      • sabes

        Yellowjackets! BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    That was a huge disappointment. I did get to see the Nets win last night (despite still playing terribly), so I’ve had my fix. Cincinnati game was the best I saw today.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Reply fail. Meant for Rebecca.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Red Sox lose Jason McLeod, Yankees gain Kevin Towers… sweet.

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)


    • Salty Buggah

      Damn, I was going to say that.

      To add on, I’d like to (hopefully) thank the Padres for allowing us to add a genius and also taking away two from Boston. We owe you San Diego.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Despite being more than qualified for just about any position a baseball team could possible offer, Towers has already said that he’s not looking to sit in an office unless he’s a GM.
    Shouldn’t that say unless he’s not a GM?

    But anyways, AWESOME. Please Mo let him join the Yankee braintrust. Take that Wonderboy and Co.

    • Mike Axisa

      Should it? the double negatives are throwing me off. Basically, he said the only way he’ll sit in an office is if he’s a GM.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Oh my bad then. I thought he didn’t want to be a GM just yet.

    • whozat

      No, I think Towers said specifically that he didn’t want to be that guy who gets parked next to a failing GM to put the guy “on notice” and take over when the team does shitty in April.

      So he only wants to be in the GM’s office if he’s the GM, and he kinda doesn’t want to GM right now, it seems.

  • Drew

    The minute he signs we gain a plethora of info on NL pitchers who we’re so often foggy about.

  • ecksodia

    This can backfire if he assumes GM status with an AL rival. But if he’s as good as advertised when it comes to scouting, then by all means, let him help stock up the yanks’ farm system.

  • Mike HC

    I don’t really get it. He is like adding a hired gun. Does he take over someone else’s job? Is he just another guy looking at the same players the Yanks already had scouts looking at? Does his opinion automatically get treated like the work of God?

    I don’t see why the Yanks don’t want to build up from within and promote from within. It just seems like too much hodgeplodge addition to me. He admittedly will be on a learning curve for the AL and a big market team. I guess it can’t really hurt. It just seems pointless. And if the Yanks are planning on cutting payroll, I would rather spend the money on the player than Towers.

    • whozat

      You don’t get why they’d want to bring in — as a roving super-scout, which is what’s being talked about here — one of the guys with the best eyes for pitching talent in the game?

      It couldn’t be more clear that they’re not talking about bringing this guy on as another guy-who’s-in-the-office. Towers doesn’t want that, and no one’s talked about making that happen. He’d be out looking at young talent, something that he’s got reams of experience doing and is widely considered to be excellent at.

      That doesn’t make sense?

    • Zack

      Is this for real?
      OMGz why did Texeira take over Swish’s job at 1B when he signed? He was treated like a God at 1B, he should have had to earn it, and his contract should have been 100% incentive based.

      “I don’t see why the Yanks don’t want to build up from within and promote from within.”
      Because it’s a business, you fill the position with the best guys available.

    • Stryker

      I don’t see why the Yanks don’t want to build up from within and promote from within.

      i’m no expert when it comes to the yankees’ front office, but don’t you think a possible reason for not building up/promoting from within is because there’s no one worthy of the promotion? the yankees aren’t exactly known for their cutting edge statistical analysis or non-draft talent evaluation.

      giving brian cashman another baseball mind to bounce ideas off of instead of the stuck up business guys like levine/trost/lopez is never a bad thing. in the end all the decisions will be made by cashman but before making those decisions, don’t you think it’d be best to have as much input as possible?

  • ortforshort

    What exactly did Towers do in San Diego that was so great? The Yankees need some real savvy in the front office. Not another mediocrity. Right now all they’ve got is an accountant who bought himself a title last year – something any monkey can do. You would think the Steinbrenners would want to bring someone in who can develop some talent or bring in talent and win titles without having to use a truckload of their money to do it. But who am I to say anything, its their money.

    • Mike HC

      I will take that “monkey accountant” who wins championships every day of the week.

    • Salty Buggah

      Well, he won’t be running the team here. He had an exceptional skill for eyeing pitching talent and that could only be good for scouting. His decision won’t be final but his input will be more than welcome.

    • whozat

      Yeah, Hughes, Chamberlain, Cano, Wang, Gardbrera and an entire bullpen don’t count as developing talent! Getting Swisher for Wilson Betemit and Jeff Marquez is something a monkey accountant could do!

    • Salty Buggah

      Also, if a monkey could do that, why did it take us 9 years?

      • Monkee

        Didn’t have the right monkey?

    • The Artist

      Cashman wasn’t running the team from 02-05, George was. He took back control of the Baseball Ops when he re-signed with the Yanks in 05, and his first draft was 06. Were still in the early phases of seeing what his stewardship will produce with guys like Joba, D-Rob, A-Jax, Montero, IPK, Z-Mac, and others. You really need at least 5 years to assess if someone is drafting well or not. But the early returns are pretty good with those 06 guys.

  • dkidd

    unless towers is secretly gunning for cashman’s job, i don’t see how this could be a bad thing

    bonus intangible: he knows how theo thinks

    • crawdaddie

      Cashman already knows how Theo thinks.

      • dkidd

        but towers literally taught him the job

        that might be worth an insight or two (or at least an embarrassing story about how theo can’t hold his liquor)

  • Januz

    One major negative about Towers is the SD farm system (Actually ranked below the METS by SI).

    • The Artist

      There can be a few reasons for that.

      1-Promotions: As a rebuilding MLB team, anyone who can play in the upper levels is already on the MLB roster.

      2-No money to spend on draft picks: The Padres have been going through a messy ownership situation and have been slashing expenses for years. That can affect how you draft players. If you’re only paying slot, you’re going to have to pass on loads of guys you’d otherwise like to draft.

      Rather than look at the mess that franchise is now (for reasons that are out of his control) Look at how many times he’s rebuilt that organization from the ground up and built a contender on a shoestring budget. He’s been the GM since 1995 (amazing run nowadays) and produced 4 division titles and a WS team while annually having a middle to bottom-third budget.

      • Steve H

        Point 2: Matt Bush.

  • pat

    I’ve always wondered how much his amazing eye for pitching talent has been effected (affected?) by playing in Petco?

    • pat

      Then I realize it’s only been open since 2004 and I feel stoopid.

      • Reggie C.

        Is KT responsible for the MATT BUSH selection?

        ’cause that’d give me some pause.

        • Steve H

          No, that was ownership not wanting to pay over slot.

  • The Artist

    he’s a certified genius when to comes to evaluating pitching.

    He’s a former pitcher. He was the Padres #1 draft pick way back in 1982, then served as a pitching coach/scout in various positions with them and the Pirates. Anyone who can help the Yanks evaluate pitchers sounds good to me, its one area that Cashman has had trouble in with some of his free agent selections, both in the bullpen (Farnsworth/Karsay/Hawkins) and starting rotation (Pavano/Wright/Igawa/Johnson).

    Give Brian Cashman credit as well if this happens. With Kevin Towers around, people will constantly be looking at him as Brian’s replacement anytime Cash gets in trouble with the fans/media. Most GMs wouldn’t want that, but Brian is (as usual) willing to do whatever is best for the organization first and foremost.

    • Reggie C.

      If KT can pitch teh 8th , that’d be some double whammy signing.

      • The Artist


  • Doug

    If he’s a supposed genius in evaluating pitching, could his coming aboard mean a different philosophy with regards to Hughes and Joba; i.e., after he takes a look at them, via video or whatever, might we be more (or less) inclined to deal them for someone like Halladay?

    • Mike Pop

      Hmmm, good thinking.

      I would think/hope not. I mean, the Yankees have a plan in place and I would believe that after 3 years of watching these guys that they believe in them to be effective MLB pitchers.

      Also, bringing in Towers doesn’t just alleviate future payroll concerns.

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    • The Artist

      Fuck, now its gone. They must still be working on it.

  • Mike Nitabach

    Sounds like a very thoughtful guy who would make an excellent addition to the front office.

  • Greg

    He’s a genius. The padres have been great and they have a great farm system.

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