As the team stumbles toward the end of a disappointing season, the Diamondbacks have fired Kevin Towers as the club's general manager. The team made the announcement Friday morning.
The move comes less than four months after the hiring of Tony La Russa as the organization's Chief Baseball Officer, a move that most believed would ultimately lead to changes at the top of the baseball operations department.
Towers' firing has been a long awaited inevitability since Tony La Russa was hired as Chief Baseball Officer of the Diamondbacks. La Russa for his part offered Towers another job but Towers has yet to accept it.
"I have offered him a new role in the front office, as I believe his skills fit well within the framework of what we are building. Understandably, he would like to see who the general manager is before making his own decision.
As to why they decided last night was the best time to cut their ties with him may be because they planned to leave him with the Padres. It's been rumored that he will eventually find a home in the organization as an Assistant to the General Manager A.J. Preller. One would hope that would be Preller's decision, if it does come to be.
For months, there has been industry speculation about Kevin Towers returning to the Padres as a special assistant. He's free to do that now.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) September 5, 2014
In the end, it's best for Kevin Towers to go home to San Diego and help AJ Preller. He did not deserve the messy way his ending was handled— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) September 5, 2014
Having Towers in an advisory role wouldn't be such a bad thing. He has proven in the past that he has a good eye for relief pitching talent and it's not like there are any Justin Uptons on this team to trade away.