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.

Josh Johnson retires from baseball

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Josh Johnson #55 of the San Diego Padres poses during Picture Day on February 21, 2014 at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.

Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.

Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.

Report: Angels close to a multi-year deal with Luis Valbuena

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 08:  Luis Valbuena #18 of the Houston Astros hits a three run walkoff home run in the ninth inning to defeat the Oakland Athletics 10-9 at Minute Maid Park on July 8, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.

Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.

Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.