Kevin Towers is a free agent. He used to pitch, but doesn’t any more. He doesn’t hit, doesn’t play a position and fills none of the Yankees offseason needs. But they might go after him anyway.
As one of the most respected general managers in baseball, Towers built a respectable group of San Diego Padres despite working with considerable budget constraints. He was fired in October, but is reportedly coming to the Winter Meetings in search of a job. He’s said to be leaning toward joining the Yankees to work with Brian Cashman, who’s one of his good friends.
As he always does, Tyler Kepner wrote a nice piece on Towers for the New York Times.
The winter meetings start tomorrow — much of my Sunday will be spent traveling to Indianapolis — and Towers will be a storyline throughout the four days. He won’t be the main story, or even the secondary story, but he’s a sharp baseball mind who could have an impact on any team he joins. Obviously we’ll all be more interested in trades and player signings, but Towers is worth watching. The guy might have a bright future.