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.