When Kevin Towers joined the Yankees this spring as a special assignment scout, it was only a matter of time before his name was linked to a general manager opening. Right now there’s an opening in Arizona, and Peter Gammons has three sources saying the “D’Backs-Kevin Towers deal is set.”
Down in Phoenix, Nick Piecoro calls Towers one of two leading candidates along with interim GM Jerry Dipoto.
It’s hard to say what exactly Towers’ impact has been in New York. It’s always difficult to weigh the exact influence an individual has in the front office. Certainly Towers is well-respected, he’s a good friend of Brian Cashman and two relatively minor moves — waiver claims of former Padres prospects Chad Huffman and Steve Garrison — seem to have Towers’ fingerprints on them
• Speaking of Garrison, he’s listed on the Trenton roster, so that must be where he’s going. I didn’t find many mentions of him on Padres blogs, but did find this brief report that he’s coming back from rotator cuff and knee injuries, and that he’s built his reputation largely on his command.
• Speaking of Trenton, the Thunder won last night on a walk-off by Rene Rivera. As long as they win one more, the Yankees will definitely have a place for Andy Pettitte to make another rehab start.
• Speaking of the minor league playoffs, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre also won last night on a 10th-inning single by Kevin Russo. They’re back home tonight with the series tied at 1.
• Speaking of the minor league playoffs and Kevin Towers, Huffman was one of three Yankees to go deep of former teammate Zach McAllister last night. Justin Christian and Eric Bruntlett did as well.
• I’ll wrap up this post with a quote from Austin Romine, who told Mike Ashmore: “I kind of knew what to expect (catching Pettitte), and then I was just blown away. It was just really fun. You could tell from the first pitch of the game…he threw a cutter and I missed it, because I was like whoa…I’ve never seen balls cut like that.”