Kevin Towers Takes Over as General Manager in Arizona
The team held an afternoon news conference to introduce Towers, who spent 14 seasons as GM in San Diego, building a team that won four NL West titles and reached the 1998 World Series. He was fired in 2009 and spent this season as a special assistant for the New York Yankees.
A major league source confirmed the hiring to FanHouse early Wednesday.
Towers takes over a last-place team that fired manager A.J. Hinch and GM Josh Byrnes in June. Jerry Dipoto had been serving as the interim GM and was a finalist for the job.
"There is some talent there," Towers told FanHouse recently.
The status of interim manager Kirk Gibson has not been determined, but Towers met with Gibson for two hours Wednesday morning and the encounter seemed to go well, according to the Arizona Republic.
Towers' deal covers the next two seasons (2011-12) and also includes a pair of two-year options (2013-14 and 2015-16).
The Associated Press contributed to this story.