Olney: Towers expected to work for Yanks as a consultant


Finally, we have some news on the Kevin Towers front. In today’s blog, Buster Olney wrote that the former Padres’ GM is expected to work with the Yanks this year, however it would be as a consultant and he would not be given a formal title. San Diego still owes Towers about $2M for 2010, and if the Yanks were to hire him and given him a title, they’d be at risk of having to pay him out of their pocket. Obviously, it makes sense for both sides to work out a consulting agreement.

We heard that Towers was “leaning towards” joining his good buddy Brian Cashman in the Yanks’ front office way back in early January, and he indicated that he was happy to serve in a complementary role. It’s seems now that it’s only a matter of time before he joins the organization, and the more voices the better.

Categories : Asides, Front Office
  • crawdaddie

    Right, let San Diego continue to pay him 2M while the Yankees give him an expense account and he can charge them whatever consultant fees for the work he does for them in 2010.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Cashman: Pimp of the Year

      • Steve H

        Cashman: Pimp of the Year Century

        • Thomas

          It may be not true for everyone else, but for me, pimpin’ is easy.

          Brian Cashman

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    Kevin Towers’s first order of business:

    Sign Kenny Powers.

    • Steve H

      The Yankees’ answer to Casey Kelly (who I just heard talk on the radio, he’s not Sidd Finch after all, he exists!)

      • http://twitter.com/JamalG_BB Jamal G.

        Why do you keep making jokes about Casey Kelly? The guy is a really, really good pitching prospect.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

          He’s the best pitching prospect of all time!!!

        • Steve H

          I know he is. But he’s not the 2nd coming, that’s Melvin.

          • Mike Pop

            I think a lot of it has to do with you living in the New England area.

            You get tired of all the hype.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Kevin Towers’ second order of business:

      Bring Melvin to America.

      • Thomas

        You bring Melvin to America, you bring America to Melvin.

    • Rose

      “Alright everyone, thank you all for showing up to the town meeting. Our first order of work has been scheduled…’Take down town meeting sign in road.’ Alright then, see everybody at our next town meeting…thanks again for showing up”

    • Mike Pop

      You’re fucking out!

  • A.D.

    Not too shabby, adding to the braintrust.

  • Bo

    Let’s do backflips over a guy who built the Padres into one of the worst teams in the game. And quite possibly the worst farm system going too.

    • Tom Zig

      Heh. I love you Bo. You always know how to make a good thing seem bad.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      For the bazillionth time, the GM does not manage the farm system.

      • Thomas

        Obviously, the general manager manages generals.

    • pat

      Boversimplification is an art form.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada


      • ColoYank

        Yay! I witnessed it.

    • http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090810&content_id=6355462&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy JobaWockeeZ

      Wouldn’t you of all people be happy? I mean I always thought you were those ‘fire everyone!’ people.

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      I think the Yanks should have a rule: Anyone ever associated with a losing team cannot be a Yankee employee. That means Tex, A Rod, Swisher and Granderson all must be traded immediately. And Joe Girardi must be fired (after all, he had a losing record in his one year with the Marlins).

      And by no means are we to consider that the Padres payroll was essentially the daily take at the Starbucks in Penn Station. That cannot be considered at all.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        I’m going to dig up Casey Stengel and kill him again for sucking so bad with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Bees of the 1930s and early 1940s.

        That putz is never going to amount to shit.

        • A.D.

          Vacate the Torre era wins because of his previous managing “success”

  • Jammy Jammers

    Towers? More like Wowers!

    • Slugger27

      god this was lame…. yet i still chuckled

  • A.D.

    The Adrian Gonzalez deal was an absolute steal

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    The 1996 and 1998 San Diego Padres were quite good teams.

    Towers had a decent little run until the Friars ran out of cash and had to sell everything off.

    • Rose

      Towers had a decent little run until the Friars ran out of cash and had to sell everything off.

      Looks like the friars were trying almost anything to get some more money before they made the move…

      http://cache3.asset-cache.net/.....78A68B340C (SAFE)

      • ColoYank

        Who’s he with, the House of David?

    • A.D.

      All in all 4 NL West titles isn’t too shabby.

      • Steve H

        Nothing worth doing backflips over.


      • JohnC

        As Larry David would say.. pretty good. Pretty… pretty good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      Towers had a decent little run until the Friars ran out of cash and had to sell everything. off.

      TOMMIE! quit that!

      let’s make a deal…you go a season without ending a sentence in a preposition, and i’ll work out a way for you to get one of these:



  • Rose

    So much for the Travis Buck LF option…


    Maybe Towers can consult us on a better option?

    • A.D.

      1. Like the end to try and keep it on topic

      2. Wouldn’t that still keep Buck available?

  • Mike Pop

    Good to hear. I’ve been wondering about this for quite some time now.

    • ColoYank

      Me too, Mike. I’m glad he’s aboard, however stealthily he’ll be working. He’s one cook who’s not going to spoil the broth.

      • Mike Pop

        I enjoyed the analogy.

  • AJ

    I’d say he’s our answer to Bill James…but then again there’s no comparison.

  • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

    Excellent, Towers is a good pitching evaluator. Those are great to have around.

    Anyone complaining about this is crazy, Brian Sabean is a bad GM but he was a fantastic talent evaluator for the job. I don’t see why Towers would set off “oh god he’s terrible” alarm bells for anyone but people who are bad at running an organization are often very good at specific things.

  • DontmesswiththeJesus

    Easily the most exciting and important news of the day, although the TSJC piece on heyman was easily the most fun to read.

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