Tony La Russa wants the Diamondbacks to utilize analytics

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In the wake of the firing of GM Kevin Towers, Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa says he wants advanced metrics “beefed up”, per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. The D’Backs are known for being more of an old-school organization — largely Towers’ doing — but La Russa spent many years with the Cardinals, one of the more stat-savvy organizations in baseball. Thus, this gear shift is not very surprising.

La Russa has five candidates on the board for the vacant GM position. From Gilbert’s column:

Among the candidates in which La Russa confirmed his interest were former A’s ace Dave Stewart, Cardinals director of player development Gary LaRocque, Angels director of pro scouting Hal Morris, Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler and D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery.

La Russa will allow the incoming GM to determine whether manager Kirk Gibson will remain with the team, and said that the GM role will be different under his leadership.