Report: Diamondbacks likely to hire Kevin Towers as new GM

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Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that the Diamondbacks have narrowed their general manager search and will interview five candidates, but according to Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse former Padres general manager Kevin Towers “looks like he’ll get the job.”
Towers is among the five candidates listed by Gilbert, along with interim general manager Jerry Dipoto, Dodgers assistant general managers Logan White and De Jon Watson, and Angels director of scouting Eddie Bane.
Team president Derrick Hall has said previously that the Diamondbacks would like to make a full-time hire by the end of the season and Krasovic reports that Towers will officially interview for the gig tomorrow.
Peter Gammons first reported that Towers was likely to get the job last week, but he never really offered a whole lot in the way of details and a short time later Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com indicated that it was far from a done deal primarily because of salary demands.
Towers was the Padres’ general manager from 1995 to 2009, winning four division titles and advancing to the World Series in 1998.

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.

The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.

Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.

Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.