I don’t necessarily agree with the Kevin Towers firing — I think he’s always been a good GM — but you never know what happens behind the scenes. Maybe it was someone else who was the driver behind the Jake Peavy trade and other good deals, and thus Towers shouldn’t get the credit. Maybe he and Moorad simply don’t get along. Whatever the case, I would be shocked if someone doesn’t give Towers a job sometime soon. Of course, he’s owed $2 million for 2010, so he can take his time and wait for the right opportunity. In the meantime, it seems like the Padres could make a really really good decision or a really really bad decision with his replacement:
Early speculation on a successor centered around Paul DePodesta, the former Dodgers GM who has been with the Padres since July 2006. He is in the first year of a three-year contract believed to be worth $800,000 per season.
Another possible candidate is Randy Smith, a former GM with the Padres and Detroit Tigers who is the Padres’ director of international scouting.
If they go with DePodesta, they’ve made a wise move. If they go with Smith, Padres fans have permission to defect to the Angels.