What next for the Gunslinger?
"I expect to probably make a decision after the first of the year," he told me today via e-mail.
Towers is a West Coast guy, loves Seattle, and Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik is a friend. But all I've heard is that he'll end up with the Yankees. He's close to Yankees GM Brian Cashman and scouting director Damon Oppenheimer. "Yankees are certainly a possibility," Towers said.
Kind of funny, isn't it? After all those years of stretching dollars for the Padres, the Gunslinger ends up with the filthy rich Yankees, while collecting at least $1 million in remaining salary from the Padres. A job inside the Death Star will teach him the American League and the ways of a big-market club. Several of his buddies are in the East Coast media. My guess is he'll return to the GM game someday, but not if it means supplanting a GM. The Mets reportedly aren't happy with his friend Omar Minaya, who's under contract through 2012. If the Mets decide next year that Minaya isn't the answer, by then the Gunslinger should have a feel for whether the New York life is for him or not.