Diamondbacks tab Towers

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks officially welcomed former Padres general manager Kevin Towers to the fold on Wednesday, agreeing to terms on a two-year contract.

The deal includes club options paving the way for Towers to become the third executive vice president and general manager in franchise history.

"We considered this a critical hire for the organization at this important time," said Arizona president and CEO Derrick Hall. "We are in a much better place today than we were three months ago because of the tremendous job performed by Jerry Dipoto, and now Kevin Towers comes in to continue climbing on this uphill path.

Towers was San Diego's general manager for 14 seasons before getting fired in October 2009. He was promoted to Padres vice president in 2000 while still holding onto the title of GM, and under his guidance the team won NL West titles in 1996, 1998, 2005 and 2006, reaching the World Series in 1998.

"Kevin is an experienced general manager who brings years of success, roster construction, pitching knowledge, industry networking and talent evaluation to the table," Hall added of Towers. "He understands what it takes to build a winner and will work diligently to bring continuity to the staff and sustainability to the results."

After San Diego recorded four consecutive winning seasons from 2004-07, Towers signed a contract extension through the 2010 season he never saw to fruition as a result of back-to-back losing campaigns in '08 and '09.

In March, the Yankees hired Towers as a special assignment scout.

Towers is replacing interim general manager Dipoto, who took over when Josh Byrnes was let go on July 1 amidst Arizona's 31-48 record.

Byrnes had served as the team's general manager since 2005, when he was hired at the age of 35. He was under contract through the 2015 season.

"I am very excited to be a part of the D-Backs family," Towers said upon his hiring. "I am extremely appreciative of Ken (managing general partner Kendrick) and Derrick for giving me this opportunity to lead an organization with the ultimate goal of getting back to the playoffs, which I think the fans in Arizona deserve."

This season, the Diamondbacks are 61-91, stuck in the NL West basement. Since a division title and NLCS berth in 2007, the D-Backs have produced successively fewer wins each season. The club is on pace to record their fewest victories in one year since going 51-111 in 2004.


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