The Dbacks are close to hiring Kevin Towers

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We heard the other day that the Diamondbacks are really interested in hiring Kevin Towers to run the club. Now Peter Gammons is reporting that a deal between Towers and the club is in place, but that it can’t be announced until “the process” is complete. Whatever that means.

Most interesting thing about Gammons’ tweet is his sourcing: “Three GMs insist . . .”  That could be true, but I wonder how that sort of information circulates. Do the GMs — current and past — all chat about this online? Is there a GM union hall someplace where Towers is sitting next to the keg, telling anyone who listen that he latched on with Arizona?

“That’s great, Kevin. Now pay your back dues, OK?”

Report: Braves to promote Ronald Acuña

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MLB.com’s Mark Bowman confirms a report from Daniel Álvarez Montes of EVTV Miami that the Braves are calling up outfield prospect Ronald Acuña from Triple-A Gwinnett.

The move is obviously much anticipated and expected, as Acuña is considered the top prospect in baseball among those who hadn’t been called up to the majors yet. Acuña has had a slow start with Gwinnett, as he’s batting only .215/.301/.277 in 73 plate appearances. However, he has turned things around somewhat in recent days, batting .379 with a double and a homer since April 17.

Acuña should be in Wednesday’s starting lineup against the Reds and he should be a lineup regular going forward. The expectations are high for Acuña, who signed with the Braves as an international free agent in July 2014.