TOP MLB GENERAL MANAGERS
SI’s Jon Heyman has a nice column on his top 10 MLB GM’s.
Chicago White Sox GM Ken Williams tied for 10th along with Padres GM Kevin Towers. I got a kick out of what Heyman perceives as a plus for Towers:
“Another very good trader and master of the bargain-basement pickup, he and his scouts have been especially good at acquiring pitching help (see this offseason’s addition of ex-phenom Mark Prior).” Yeah, we’ll see how that works out for him. And if you take a look at their lineup and had to describe it in one word, that word would have to be “Yikes”. Bard, Kouzmanoff and Gonzalez are decent offensive players, and Khalil Greene hit 27 homers last year. But then you have Edmonds, Giles, Scott Hairston, and Tad Iguchi. Their lineup is average at best. So Towers can being viewed as one of the top 10 GMs doesn’t fly with me. He went out and got Jim Edmonds when he should have been going for a younger, huge bat.
Their pitching is great, no doubt. But will they allow the least runs in the NL again?