Jan
28

Report: Yankees to hire Kevin Towers

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Via MLBTR, the Yankees are going to announce the hiring of former Padres’ GM Kevin Towers before spring. It’s unclear what KT’s responsibilities will be, though he’s expressed a desire to get out of the office and back into the field. Chances are they’re bringing him aboard as a consultant, otherwise he’d be forfeiting the money San Diego still owes him.

This is a great, yet completely unsurprising pickup. Brian Cashman and Towers have long had a great relationship, and Towers’ keen eye for pitching is a welcome addition. Welcome to the Boogie Down, KT.

Categories : Asides, Front Office
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templeton_%22Faceman%22_Peck Templeton “Brendog” Peck

    amazing. pandemonium in the streets

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      I just J.I.M.P.

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

        I immediately thought of 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg.

        I don’t know what you heard about me/
        But I’mma motherf#$%ing J.I.M.P./

  • Me

    This should have been denounced months ago…

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Freudian Slip?

  • Me

    *announced

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Randy Winn and Kevin Towers, in the span of 2 days… The crazies are going to have the saddest weekend of their lives.

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

      I hope we do more shit to piss them off, like extending STNRIs to David Weathers and Luis Vizcaino.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi
        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          Competing with Ramiro Peña for the UTI spot: Nomar Garciaparra.

          Do it, Cash.

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

    Ah, the Kevin Towers signing. Reminds me of a paraphrased convo from a certain Urban Dictionary article…

    And, in case anyone was curious, here’s the ACTUAL convo that inspired it:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-742808

    • Tampa Yankee

      Classic!

    • Steve H

      IETCVM.

  • Reggie C.

    Kevin Towers’s first act as consultant: convince Cashman to sign Matt Bush.

    j/k.

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

      F$%&ING EAST COUNTY!!!!!!!!

      (picks up freshman; throws him)

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    If Towers doesn’t get Jameson Tallion to scare teams away so the Yankees can pick him in the first round, I will consider his work a failure.

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

      Every year where the Yankees aren’t fined for tampering at least once should be considered a year of organizational failure.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Agreed. Put those financial resources to good use.

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

          I’m still pissed at Felix Hernandez for signing that extension. He should have told the M’s that they needed to match the 10yr/300M offer that we “already had on the table”.

          • Steve H

            If only Boras was his agent. And we would have avoided the tampering charges, as we would have been the “mystery team.”

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            Jameson Tallion and Bryce Harper. Those two can help make up for losing the King. I’m sure they will be Oriole and National players sometime this summer, though.

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

              You know, in 2-3 years, the DC-Baltimore rivalry could be red hot. Those are two organizations that could have bumper crops of young talent and make the leap to respectability at the same time.

              Too bad nobody in that region will give a shit about either team.

              • Andy in Sunny Daytona

                Oriole fans will come back. D.C. fans? Undefined.

                • Slugger27

                  predicting DC fans is like dividing by zero

    • JohnC

      Doubt it. Teams are not afraid to pay the top players anymore, like Donavan Tate last year. Wouldn’t mind seeing Yanks take H.S. righthander Dylan Covey, or NC Matt Harvey, or SS Yordy Cabrera.

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

        I don’t think Andy was being serious.

  • Slugger27

    so mike when u say “back to the field” …. you mean scouting responsibilities right? is that what hes likely to be doing?

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

      Yep. He said he didn’t want to be cooped up in the office unless he’s a GM. I bet they’ll use him as kind of a super-roving guy. Checking out some players with Billy Eppler’s pro scouting dept, crosschecking for Oppenheimer come draft season, etc.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Nope. Cotton fields. His first job was as a sharecropper harvesting cotton to make Yankees uniforms in the early 1990′s. He worked directly under the Asst. to the Traveling Secretary.

      • Steve H

        His 2nd job was in maintenance. He oversaw extending the doors on the bathroom stalls all the way to the ground.

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

        That could have ended badly, but you immediately altered it to remove any racial overtones. Well done.

      • Thomas

        Those cotton uniforms just didn’t work out.

        ANNOUNCER #1: And the Yankees take the field!

        ANNOUNCER #2: What is with the Yankees? They look like they’re having trouble running, they can’t move!

        ANNOUNCER #1: It’s their uniforms, they’re too tight, they’ve shrunk! They’re running like penguins! Forget this game!

        ANNOUNCER #2: Oh my God, Mattingly just split his pants!

        JERRY: That’s a shame.

        • Rose

          Dan Patrick: With the first nine months of the Baseketball postseason out of the way, the playoff picture is starting to emerge.

          Kenny Mayne: So, with last night’s victory over Boston, next week the Milwaukee Beers must beat Indianapolis in order to advance to Charlotte. That’s in an effort to reduce their magic number to three.

          Dan Patrick: Right, and then the Beers can advance to the National Eastern Division North to play Tampa.

          Kenny Mayne: So, if the Beers beat Detroit and Denver beats Atlanta in the American Southwestern Division East Northern, then Milwaukee goes to the Denslow Cup, unless Baltimore can upset Buffalo and Charlotte ties Toronto, then Oakland would play LA and Pittsburgh in a blind choice round robin. And if no clear winner emerges from all of this, a two-man sack race will be held on consecutive Sundays until a champion can be crowned.

    • Jammy Jammers

      He’ll be playing LF.

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

        WHAT BUT WE COULDA HAD TEH DAMON!!!!1!!!!!

        • Slugger27

          2010 damon = 1997 ken griffey

          we will rue the day tommie…….

          • Steve H

            2010 Damon = 1997 Ken Griffey Sr.

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

            All winter long, Johnny’s been carving a bat from a treebranch that was struck by lightning in his backyard.

            He was totally gonna put up a .389/.524/.778 this season with the Yanks, breaking Bonds’s 73 and restoring the glory to the single season home run record with a clean, untainted number.

            But no, we had to go and sign Randy Winn. Now Johnny’s gonna sign with the Reds and hit .257/.326/.401 with 10 homers, just to spite us all. Because we’re ingrates.

            I hope you’re happy, Brian Cashman. You killed the golden goose.

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              The way he breaks bats? “Wonderboy” and “Savoy Special” would be shattered within a week.

  • Rose

    “You’re excited?? Feel these nipples!!” – Bob Costas

  • Steve H

    I just backflipped.

    /bo-baiting

    • Slugger27

      hahahahaha

    • Bo

      I’m not doubting you did a backflip after this. You’re also the guy who backflipped after the Pavano signing, Hoffmann rule 5 pickup and Cody Ransom at 3b. You’re not exactly objective.

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

        In all seriousness… The Pavano singing was what, 6 years ago?

        How the hell would you know what Steve H did after the Pavano signing? RAB didn’t yet exist.

        • Steve H

          That and I may have weighed 600 lbs. when Pavano was signed, and was physically incapable of doing backflips.

        • king of fruitless hypotheticals

          maybe not, but Fox news did.

          In a surprise move, i’m against this addition.

          Too many kevin’s.

          this is an awesome way to get around the luxury tax…since we can’t buy players, we’ll buy the best brains in the biz and use them to outfox YOU and THE PLAYERS.

          who’s the playa now hatah???

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    blah blah we could have used the money were paying him and winn to sign damon blah blah

    –sweet signing. Isn’t this news a little late though? I thought he’s been in the Yankees FO for a few weeks now.

  • brewster’s millions

    What am I missing on Kevin Tower’s…I know he’s well respected, I know he has had minimal payroll to work with. I just checked his trade history, I can’t say I’m overly impressed…Is Kevin Tower’s rep >>>>>> than his actual “performance”? ….I’m still happy we have him on board though…And my bad, if that was a ridiculous statement.

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

      Adrian Gonzalez AND Chris Young for Adam Eaton. They should put him in the HOF for that alone.

      • Big Juan

        My mind, it has been blown. Who was the other GM in that trade?

        • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templeton_%22Faceman%22_Peck Templeton “Brendog” Peck

          didn’t eaton go to texas? or was that after this? would that be john hart?

          • Rose

            Nope, it was Texas.

          • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templeton_%22Faceman%22_Peck Templeton “Brendog” Peck

            apparently hart “stepped aside” for john daniels but stayed on as “special consultant”

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T....._offseason

            • Big Juan

              I was just reading the same thing. So it seems like he’s probably the one to blame.

              That deal is just all kinds of atrocious.

        • Rose

          Jon Daniels on the Rangers

      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templeton_%22Faceman%22_Peck Templeton “Brendog” Peck

        and he was responsible for all of those under the radar pitching moves that turned into stellar bullpen arms out of nowhere.

        he’s just got a certain je ne c’est quoi

        • Bo

          Name 3 of those “stellar” pitchers.

          • pat

            Heath Bell, Luke Gregerson, Joe Thatcher, Mike Adams.

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

              Damn yous and your facts. Damn yous to hell, pat!

              • king of fruitless hypotheticals

                RTFQ mr. smarty-pants. pat named four. Bo asked for three.

                #fail

                • king of fruitless hypotheticals

                  oh shit. i just hashtagged a blog comment.

                  #fml

                  :(

            • Steve H

              Not a Hall of Famer or Cy Young winner in the bunch.

            • Steve H

              Scott Linebrink.

          • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templeton_%22Faceman%22_Peck Templeton “Brendog” Peck

            On May 1, 2006, Meredith was traded to the Padres, along with then-Red Sox backup catcher Josh Bard, for catcher Doug Mirabelli. Meredith earned a win in his first appearance for San Diego on May 13, 2006, starting off a record-setting rookie campaign. His 1.07 ERA and .170 batting average against led the National League (minimum 50 innings pitched).[1][2] He did not surrender a run in 28 consecutive appearances, a span of 33 2/3 innings from July 18 through September 12. That streak set a franchise record, eclipsing Randy Jones’ 30-inning scoreless streak. The 33 2/3 scoreless innings also tied Orel Hershiser’s mark in 1984 for the second-longest streak by a rookie since 1970. It now stands as the second-longest scoreless stretch by a rookie relief pitcher in the live-ball era (1920).[3]

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla_Meredith

            He was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 69th round of the 1997 amateur draft but did not begin his professional career until 1998, when he signed with the New York Mets as an undrafted free agent.

            After toiling in the Mets minor league system for eight seasons, Bell made his major league debut on August 24, 2004 pitching two scoreless innings with three strikeouts against his current club, the Padres. The righty spent the next two seasons shuttling between the Mets and their Triple-A affiliate Norfolk, mainly filling in as an injury replacement.

            On November 15, 2006, Bell was traded to San Diego, along with pitcher Royce Ring, for outfielder Ben Johnson and relief pitcher Jon Adkins [1]. He is now part of the Padres bullpen, where he replaced Scott Linebrink as the 8th inning setup man before Trevor Hoffman closes the game. In 2009, Hoffman signed with the Milwaukee Brewers and Bell was promoted to closer. Bell jogs out from the bullpen and into a save situation accompanied by the song “Blow Me Away” by Breaking Benjamin. Bell’s save situations are referred to by fans as “Bell’s Hell”, a play on Hoffman’s famous “Hell’s Bells”.

            Bell was named to the National League All-Star Team on July 5.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heath_Bell

            he also signed joakim soria in 05 as an undrafted free agent.

            so, youre wrong. AGAIN

          • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templeton_%22Faceman%22_Peck Templeton “Brendog” Peck

            my giant link got eaten but cla meredith, he signed joakim soria as a undrafted or international free agent,

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

        Seriously, how did that phonecall go? Did he JIMP immediately?

        “I… I can have Young too? Really? You’re really saying yes?
        OH, OH, OH…”

      • brewster’s millions

        Thank you….didn’t see the tabs on the bottom of the spreadsheet…totally legit.

      • Rose

        “Beyond the Box Score” has a good article on this…check it out when you get a chance.

        http://www.beyondtheboxscore.c.....8121/86175 (SAFE)

    • Slugger27

      hes not being hired to do trades, thats still all cashman

      hes being hired to scout pitchers, which is what he excels at

      • Bo

        Excels at? What was SD’s record last yr??

        • Big Juan

          Waits for it…

          • Big Juan

            (A little disappointed in the ferocity of insults being thrown at SBGL. Step it up people)

            • Steve H

              I’m starting to feel bad for him. He really hates life.

        • Colombo

          Everyone check your watches. Time of Bo: 11:51 am.

        • Steve H

          There he is!!!

        • Slugger27

          what does SD’s record have to do with scouting pitching?

          • Steve H

            Everything. Plus it involves Johnny Damon.

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

          I would really like to meet you, Sal/Bo/Grant/Lanny.

          All my life I’ve heard the phrase “He’s talking out his ass.” I’ve never actually seen it done, but I’m positively sure that is what you are doing, so I would like the opportunity to witness it first hand.

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

      Some of Towers’s deals:

      July 31, 1996 (Standings)
      Traded Bryce Florie, Marc Newfield and Ron Villone to the Milwaukee Brewers. Received a player to be named later and Greg Vaughn. The Milwaukee Brewers sent Gerald Parent (minors) (September 16, 1996) to the San Diego Padres to complete the trade.

      December 6, 1996
      Traded Scott Sanders to the Seattle Mariners. Received Sterling Hitchcock.

      December 15, 1997
      Traded Steve Hoff (minors), Derrek Lee and Rafael Medina to the Florida Marlins. Received Kevin Brown.

      December 12, 1998
      Traded Joey Hamilton to the Toronto Blue Jays. Received Peter Tucci (minors), Carlos Almanzar and Woody Williams.

      March 29, 1999
      Traded Gus Kennedy (minors) and Andy Sheets to the Anaheim Angels. Received Keith Volkman (minors) and Phil Nevin.

      December 22, 1999
      Traded Wally Joyner, Reggie Sanders and Quilvio Veras to the Atlanta Braves. Received Bret Boone, Ryan Klesko and Jason Shiell.

      July 31, 2002
      Traded Jason Middlebrook and Steve Reed to the New York Mets. Received Josh Reynolds (minors), Jason Bay and Bobby Jones.

      August 26, 2003
      Traded a player to be named later, Jason Bay and Oliver Perez to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Received Brian Giles. The San Diego Padres sent Corey Stewart (minors) (October 2, 2003) to the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete the trade.

      November 26, 2003
      Traded Mark Kotsay to the Oakland Athletics. Received Ramon Hernandez and Terrence Long.

      ———

      He’s made some solid decisions.

      • Thomas

        Don’t forget May 1, 2006
        Traded Doug Mirabelli to the Red Sox for Cla Meredith, Josh Bard, and cash.

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

          Thanks.

  • Rose

    What is our current payroll at right now after the Winn signing? I don’t think Towers is in the payroll…

    • Slugger27

      depends if u count kei igawa… if u do its 207M, if not, its 203M

      • Rose

        Damn, I thought we were slashing payroll. Doesn’t seem like we did all that much lol

        • Big Juan

          Well, they put themselves in a position to cut a bunch of payroll next year. Especially with the one year deals Cash worked out for this year there should be plenty of money coming off the book next year.

          • Rose

            Very good point. Wasn’t thinking ahead yet…was still before noon you know lol

      • Slugger27

        i may have done that wrong… 211M w/ igawa, 207M without

      • Bo

        Why wouldnt u count Igawa?

        We can blame that signing for having to deal with crappy production in LF.

        • pat

          Hahaha. That crappy production in left is very likely to be better than the crappy production we had in CF last year. IIRC last year went pretty well.

          • Big Juan

            Stop thinking rationally pat. You’re really screwing shit up.

            • Steve H

              Bo doesn’t know rational.

              • Big Juan

                But Bo does know bubble gum.

                /one of my old blooper videos’d

        • Steve H

          He’s not on the 40 man right? Do you count the hundreds of minor leaguers in the payroll too?

          • andrew

            Yup.

  • Ray Fuego

    Maybe KT is the reason we didn’t like Chapman.

  • JohnC

    Towers would have talked Cashman out of signing Igawa

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

      To be fair, Towers and the Padres won the Hideki Irabu bidding war.

      • Rose

        Who would you say is worse…

        Igawa or Irabu?

        • A.D.

          For the Yanks its Igawa

  • anon

    I expect to make a killing in the draft this year. Dont disappoint KT

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