Ever since the San Diego Padres decided to search for a new general manager, current Arizona Diamondbacks’ GM Kevin Towers has been linked to the position. It doesn’t seem as though he will get the job but that doesn’t mean he won’t return to the organization. Scott Miller of Bleacher Report has tweeted that San Diego would be interested in bringing him back as a talent evaluator, working with whomever becomes the team’s GM. Miller also tweeted that the Padres have not asked for permission to talk to Towers but if asked, the D’backs would allow it to happen.
During his 14-year stint in San Diego, Towers’ clubs won four division titles and went to the organization’s second World Series in 1998. His teams also finished last in the National League West five times. He was fired after the 2009 season after back-to-back sub-.500 seasons. Current owner Ron Fowler did not purchase the team until 2012 and it is obvious that he would not hesitate in bringing back the man who led one of the more successful runs in the history of the franchise. Towers has been under intense scrutiny for the D’backs’ lackluster play in 2014 and for some questionable deals involving young pitchers.
San Diego hopes to wrap up it GM search within the next week or so. Expect the Towers-to-the Padres rumor to pick up more steam once that happens.