View Full Version : Are the Reds interested in Josh Towers?

01-02-2008, 07:11 PM
...has anybody heard?

01-02-2008, 07:21 PM
He's being linked to the Rockies on MLB trade rumors. It doesn't say if he has any intrest in going to Denver, just that the Rox have inquired about him. I haven't heard much else about him, and I have never seen the Reds come up in Towers discussions. I'm not saying the Reds aren't interested... I just haven't seen it.

01-02-2008, 07:22 PM
Linked to the Rockies is all I've seen.

As I've mentioned previously - I'd rather have Towers than Hernandez. He would be millions cheaper for probably the same performance.

The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 01/01/2008 11:44:02 PM MST

Free agent Marcus Giles, playing for San Diego last season, is a career .277 hitter. (Jack Dempsey, The Associated Press )Creating competition will be a common thread as the Rockies iron out their final roster wrinkles before the start of spring training.

Free agent Marcus Giles is emerging as a strong possibility to push rookie Jayson Nix for the second base job. Josh Towers and, to a lesser degree, Victor Zambrano are targets to provide pitching depth.

Giles' preference is to sign with the Rockies.

"We have had ongoing talks. We are going to do everything we can to make something happen in Colorado," said agent Joe Bick, who represents Giles. "There are other teams involved, but Colorado represents a great opportunity."

Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd has gone to great lengths to explain how comfortable he is entering spring training with in-house candidates at second base. But two — Ian Stewart and Jeff Baker — are attempting a position switch, and Clint Barmes and Omar Quintanilla are viewed more as utilitymen. Nix is considered a defensive whiz, particularly on double plays, but Giles could provide protection if Nix struggles offensively in Tucson.

Giles lost his starting job in San Diego last season after hitting just .229 (four homers, 39 RBIs) in 116 games. Todd Walker, with Oakland briefly last season, is another option.

After guaranteeing more than $4 million to pitchers Kip Wells and Mark Redman, the Rockies are looking to add potential swingmen on minor-league deals.

Towers has been on the Rockies' radar since July. They remain in contact with Zam-brano, but have indicated there is another pitcher they are moving more quickly to sign.

Troy E. Renck: 303-954-1301 or trenck@denverpost.com

01-02-2008, 07:25 PM
Towers was pretty terrible in Toronto, but if he could be brought in cheap, I'd do it. There's some phenomenon with AL East pitchers coming to our division and getting a bump in their performance (Arroyo, Lilly.) Probably due to the weaker lineups compared to the juggernauts you'd have to face in your division there, the Yanks and BoSox.

01-02-2008, 08:00 PM
I am for him Go for it.

01-02-2008, 09:14 PM
2005 28 TOR AL 13 12 208.7 237 24 29 112 3.71 120 1.275

If he can get back to what he was doing in 2005 (which was with Toronto in the AL East) then he would be a great signing...

01-03-2008, 12:51 AM
Just read on ROTOworld than several teams are watching Colon pitch in a Winter league somewhere wonder if Reds are watching?

01-04-2008, 01:46 AM
Rockies close to signing Towers
Right-hander could compete for spot in starting rotation
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com

DENVER -- The Rockies are close to signing right-handed pitcher Josh Towers to a one-year contract that could pay him $1.8 million plus incentives.

Two sources close to the situation say the deal isn't finalized. Towers, who went 5-10 with a 5.38 ERA for the Blue Jays last season, was non-tendered after the season.

The sources don't consider the deal complete because Towers would need to pass a physical, and some contract language is still being discussed. The sides have discussed a deal under which Towers would earn $400,000 if placed on the 40-man roster, but be paid at a $1.8 million rate if on the 25-man roster. Incentives would start at 35 games pitched.

The Rockies would have Towers compete for a starting rotation spot or operate out of the bullpen. The team has also has re-signed left-hander Mark Redman, who finished 2007 with the Rockies, and right-hander Kip Wells, who pitched for the Cardinals last season.

Towers, who turns 31 on Feb. 26, is 45-55 with a 4.96 ERA in 137 games, including 112 starts, with the Orioles (2001-02) and Blue Jays (2004-07). Towers had 77 strikeouts against 26 walks last season, and had a healthy 1.31 ground-ball/fly-ball ratio.


It seems he will go to the Rockies after all.

01-04-2008, 12:20 PM
2005 28 TOR AL 13 12 208.7 237 24 29 112 3.71 120 1.275

If he can get back to what he was doing in 2005 (which was with Toronto in the AL East) then he would be a great signing...

But, if he replicates 2006-2007, look out:

2006 Tor 15 12 0 0 62.0 93 62 58 17 17 35 2 10 0 0 -- 8.42
2007 Tor 25 15 0 0 107.0 129 73 64 18 22 76 5 10 0 0 -- 5.38

01-05-2008, 02:11 AM
Rockies sign Towers to one-year deal
By Troy E. Renck The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 01/04/2008 01:03:23 PM MST

Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd has a common refrain when asked about his pitching staff: There's never enough depth. To provide insurance and create competition, the Rockies signed right-hander Josh Towers today to a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $400,000 with a mutual option for 2009 at $3 million, according to contract information obtained by The Denver Post.

The Rockies have liked Towers since July, when they considered acquiring him from the Toronto Blue Jays. He went 5-10 with a 5.38 in 25 games for the Blue Jays last season, including 15 starts, explaining why he's available at a clearance-rack price. However, he turns just 31 this month and won 13 games as recently as 2005, making him an interesting flier.

Towers' contract provides protection if he performs well. While only $400,000 is guaranteed, he will make a pro-rated $1.8 million as soon as he is added to the active 25-man roster. Towers is expected to compete for the fifth starter's spot and a long relief role in the bullpen. Towers can earn an additional 1.35 million in incentives based on appearances and innings pitched.


01-05-2008, 04:57 AM
Just read on ROTOworld than several teams are watching Colon pitch in a Winter league somewhere wonder if Reds are watching?
I hope !!

01-05-2008, 04:35 PM
Blanton is still on market what would it take to get him and sign to home town discount?

01-05-2008, 10:55 PM
Why would anyone want Josh Towers? Matt Clement?

All these Re-Tread Pitchers that don't make any differance...

I would rather develop young Pitchers then waste Money on Towers', Loshe's, Silva's...

This team has a Great Foundation with Harand, Arroyo, Bailey, Cueto, etc...

If not for landing a Haren, Blanton, Santana, or Bedard...

I would rather go to War with Bailey and Cueto if the Reds don't part with them for Legit Major League Differance Maker Starting Pitchers...

Why even waste the Money?


01-06-2008, 01:30 AM
You know a couple weeks ago I wanted to sign a Towers or a Hernandez or a Lieber but after thinking about this for a while I'v become enamored with the idea of a rotation of Harang, Arroyo, Bailey, Volzquez, and Cueto or Belisle. It would be exciting watching the young guns grow up together. I know it most likely won't happen and I'll be ok with an addition of Hernandez or Lieber but I think watching Bailey, Volzquez, Cueto and even Belisle become good to great pitchers in front of our eyes would be fun.

01-08-2008, 12:54 AM
Towers signed with I think it was the Rockies.

01-08-2008, 08:41 AM
Would REDS be interested in Jason Jennings?

01-08-2008, 02:05 PM
Would REDS be interested in Jason Jennings?

why? Only if it is on the very cheap and we think he is healthy...