Former Padres GM Kevin Towers wants to serve as an advisor to an AL team this year so as to better position himself for any general manager openings that may pop up in the future. According to Newsday’s Ken Davidoff, it looks like he may land with the Yankees. He’s meeting with them, the Red Sox and the Mariners at the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis, but he’s got a close relationship with Cashman so the Bronx makes sense.
Towers has been lauded for being a good talent evaluator and an excellent dumpster diver. Given that the Yankees tend not to sweat whether raw prospects have what it takes and given that they don’t do all that much bargain shopping, those skills won’t be all that necessary in New York. Still, it’s nice to have a smart guy’s input, even if you’re the Yankees, so picking Towers up would be a good thing.
Mets left-hander Jason Vargas has a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, the team announced Sunday. Vargas sustained the injury after taking a comebacker off of his hand on Friday and is expected to consult with a hand specialist later today as the team settles on a course of action. Comments from GM Sandy Alderson indicate that surgery is a possibility, though the left-hander may also pitch through it for the time being.
Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the team last month. He completed a four-year run with the Royals in 2017, earning his first career All-Star nomination with an 18-11 record in 32 starts and producing a 4.16 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.7 SO/9 over 179 2/3 innings. Prior to the incident, the southpaw was expected to help fill out the back end of the Mets’ Opening Day rotation.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News estimates that Vargas will likely miss the start of the season as he faces a two- to six-week recovery period. It’s a disappointing turn of events for a pitching staff that has been absolutely ravaged by injuries over the last couple of years.