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Cashman names former Padres GM Towers special scout

TAMPA, Fla. - When Kevin Towers lost his job in San Diego toward the end of last season, it didn't take him long to call Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

"I talked to Cash soon after I was terminated and said if there's a spot there for me and we're able to make it happen, I want to be a Yankee," Towers said Tuesday after Cashman introduced his friend as a special assignment scout.

Towers, the Padres' GM for 14 years, signed a one-year deal as a pro and amateur scout, which takes him back to his roots. "I broke into the game as a scout," Towers said. "I'm getting back to what I think I do best, which is evaluating talent."

Cashman said Towers' "expertise" in the National League is a benefit. "He's going to have a lot more intimate knowledge about personnel in that league to augment what we already have," Cashman said. "It's an automatic great crosscheck for us."

Towers said working under tight budget restrictions in San Diego can help. "If anything, I might be able to at least bring to Cash and his staff, there's probably a pool of players that I focused on that they probably didn't focus on," he said.

Cashman said Billy Eppler, the club's senior director of pro personnel, and Damon Oppenheimer, the vice president of amateur scouting, had been asking when Towers would officially come aboard. "I do like the fact that I have two department heads that are looking forward to utilizing him and wondering what his schedule's going to be and when they can plug him in," Cashman said.

Towers said he's not concerned about other GM jobs that may open down the road. "I'm not looking for other jobs," Towers said. "I'm looking to hopefully help these guys get back to what they did last year and getting a ring."

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