Sources: Front-Runner Kevin Towers to Interview for D'backs GM Job Tuesday
From the looks of it, Towers has a pretty good chance to succeed interim GM Jerry DiPoto, who remains a candidate.
But there are other candidates as well. Angels scouting director Eddie Bane also will interview for the job Tuesday as well, a major league source told FanHouse.
Another told FanHouse's Ed Price that Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White will have an interview as well Tuesday.
A person close to Towers, who was GM of the San Diego Padres from late 1995 until last 2009, told FanHouse that money likely will not be a deal-breaker.
Another person close to Towers said this will be at least his third job-related discussion with the Diamondbacks this summer. Publicly he's been championed by his friend Mark Grace, a Diamondbacks broadcaster who was prominent on Arizona's World Series championship team in 2001.
Towers also interviewed for Arizona's job in November 2005. The interview lasted nearly four hours; Jeff Moorad, then Arizona's general partner, assumed the club's lead role in the talks. Towers had told friends that he wouldn't have allowed things to get that far with a rival club unless he expected to get the job. He also said that the Diamondbacks had signaled strong interest in him even before the lengthy interview.
The GM job wound up going to Josh Byrnes, who later received an eight-year extension from Moorad.
In March 2009, Moorad took over the Padres as their CEO and Vice-Chairman and inherited Towers as his GM with a year left on his contract. Moorad fired Towers last September and replaced him with Jed Hoyer, who, like Byrnes, was a longtime assistant to Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein.
This March, Towers joined the Yankees as a special assistant to GM Brian Cashman. The Padres paid more than $1 million in salary to Towers this year, while the Yankees paid him a $50,000 offset.
Towers' salary in 2009 was within the top 10 among GMs, which could be a negotiating point for the Diamondbacks.
With the Diamondbacks 34 games under .500 on July 1, Byrnes and his hand-picked manager, A.J. Hinch, were fired on July 1. Moorad and Hinch soon likely will be re-united in San Diego, as FanHouse first reported last Thursday.
Pending contractual details, Hinch will become the Padres' pro scouting director.