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  1. If Towers gets credit for rebuilding bullpens what does he get for constructing the 2008 bullpen that had that 0.1 WAR and all of the not very good bullpens in the late 90s – early 00s?

    Are we just assuming that after 13 years as a GM he learned something about building a bullpen? Or does bullpen performance vary a lot and he’s just had two good streaks recently?

    Comment by Drakos — October 4, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

  2. Good point. It is hard to say. I think that its unfair to assume that Towers is the same GM as he was 13 years ago, just as you are not the same person you were 13 years ago. Probably a mixture between good streaks and knows something about building bullpens

    Comment by John — October 4, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

  3. It makes you wonder how long teams can pull off the “Improve the defense, shore up the bullpen and stuff the rotation with young starters” starts to become old hat.

    Comment by Ryan — October 4, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

  4. And all his other acquisitions pretty much amounted to nothing, with the players already on the roster in 2010 doing most of the work getting the team to the playoffs this year. Also, he traded Brandon Allen away in order to shore up the bullpen. Not to mention the fact that he has a terrible history with the draft. So then the question is: can you really be considered a good GM if the best thing you do is build bullpens?

    Comment by The_NV — October 4, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

  5. It seems the bad ’08 WAR can be attributed to drops by Hoffman and Bell relative to previous/following seasons… Hard to blame Towers for that.

    Comment by James — October 4, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

  6. I think this is a good point you make. We’ve heard a ton about what a great GM Towers is, and he pretty clearly understands relievers, but everyday players? not so much. Yes they stole Adrian Gonzalez from Texas, but what else? Before the Gonzalez and Adams trades they didn’t have a single prospect in the top 50 (according to, and are only ranked 20th after acquiring Kelley and Rizzo. 13 years, 55 games under .500, and when you leave, the farm system is empty? He was the Scouting Director for San Diego before being the GM.And remember too that they had high draft picks in many of those years. The mark of a well run organization is the ability to develop talent. See the Rays for the best current example of this. Even the Yankees do this (Rivera, Jeter, Posada, Robertson, Nova, Cano, Gardner, Montero – this is a pretty good group). How can anyone say Towers is a good GM when there isn’t a single above average position player still with the team who is a farm system product?

    Comment by Tanned Tom — October 5, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

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