It’s not a corner outfielder, but at some point this week, possibly as soon as Tuesday, the Padres will announce a significant contract signing: That being an extension for general manager Kevin Towers, the longest-tenured general manager currently in baseball.
Like other general managers who have decent tenure, you can look at Towers’ record and find scores of good trades (getting Chris Young and Adrian Gonzalez from Texas) and and bad trades (dealing Mark Loretta to the Red Sox for, cough, Doug Mirabelli) as well as free-agent signings that can also be classified as good or bad.
Towers has been hailed as something of a genius for some of his moves, fleecing, if you will, other general mangers (still wondering how and why the Mets dumped Heath Bell) and putting together a competitive, contending team more often than not under sometimes difficult financial constraints.
A side note: For a better looks at some of Towers’ deals, I would highly suggest picking up Geoff Young’s book, "Ducksnorts, 2007 Baseball Annual". Geoff, who has been running the well-informed ducksnorts.com blog long before blogging became cool, has helped a newcomer on the beat get acclimated. Looking forward to his 2008 annual.
At any rate, I’m wondering what your thoughts on Towers are. I think you would be hard-pressed to find a better talent-evaluator among general managers than Towers. Like other GM’s, Towers has scouting in his blood. Unlike some GM’s, he uses it to his advantage more often than not.
UPDATE: The Padres will hold a press conference on Wednesday at PETCO Park to announce that they have signed Towers to an extension that will take him through the 2010 season. As usual, we will be there and will have a story up on the site sometime later Thursday evening.