The Diamondbacks were always going to interview candidates for the general manager job that Jerry Dipoto is holding down on an interim basis after the team fired Josh Byrnes in July.
Names for potential candidates are starting to leak out, with former Padres GM Kevin Towers at the top of the list -- at least as far as name recognition.
But according to this report from Fox Sports, Kevin might be looking for more money than the Diamondbacks are willing to spend, especially since the team still owes big bucks to Byrnes through 2015 ...
Arizona Diamondbacks target Kevin Towers as general manager - MLB News - FOX Sports on MSN
"If the money’s right, he’ll go," one source said of Towers, who currently is a special assistant with the Yankees. "He doesn’t like sitting on the sidelines."
According to the story, Dipoto is still in the running for the job he currently holds.
It's not certain how involved he was in pulling off the myriad of deals the team made at the trading deadline,but if he was responsible then he certainly has earned the right to keep the job.
The team managed to dump a couple of bad contracts (Chris Snyder and Chad Qualls) and turned Edwin Jackson into Dan Hudson, who's looking like a legit rotation pitcher. The jury is still out on the Dan Haren deal, but it is hard to argue with the combination of Joe Saunders and a couple of left-handed pitching prospects.
As we've said time and again, the story of the trade deadline salary dumps won't be fully told until the team spends -- or doesn't spend -- the money they saved this winter to plug some holes on a team that really doesn't look that far away from competing next season.
Other names that have surfaced for the job are two Dodgers’ assistant GMs, Logan White and De Jon Watson.
It very well could be that the D-backs are floating a big name like Towers for PR purposes and they certainly would be crazy not to at least talk to candidates from other teams. If nothing else, it's a great way to see what your competition is thinking.