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.

Diamondbacks, T.J. McFarland avoid arbitration

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.

McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).

McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.