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.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.
Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.
Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.