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D-backs GM Towers worried about job security

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Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers recently told that he is not sure how much longer he will be with the team.

Towers acknowledged that Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick and president Derrick Hall are disappointed in the team's slow start and that his job may be at stake.

"(Kendrick and Hall) are both very, very disappointed, and rightfully so," Towers said. "When you spend $110 million and you're 9-22 at the end of April, I wouldn't be happy, either.

"I'm also disappointed, but I still believe in the core group. I think they will get better. Will I be around to see it? I don't know."

The Diamondbacks (11-22) are on a three-game win streak but still have the worst record in the National League. Towers attributed the poor start, at least in part, to injuries. Pitchers Patrick Corbin, Daniel Hudson, David Hernandez and Matt Reynolds are all on the shelf.

"If we had Hudson right now, Reynolds, Hernandez and Corbin, we're a better ballclub," Towers said. "But that's a year away. Do we have that year? I don't have that answer.

"I feel terrible for (Kendrick). He went out and spent a lot of money on this club and it's not performing. That's a reflection on him and his entire organization, and that hurts. I know how frustrated he is and to me, he wants to win."

Towers and manager Kirk Gibson each received contract extensions before spring training but the team's slow start has Towers worried about their job security.

"We all thought that with our payroll we had a good chance," he said. "And we got off to a horrible start and (Kendrick) is probably scratching his head. 'Do I have the right manager? Do I have the right general manager? Is this really what we have? Is this really who we are?'

"I guess if he believes that we're terrible and we stink and we're bad, then we're probably in trouble."

The Diamondbacks have the worst ERA in the major leagues at 4.97. They have also struggled offensively despite having sluggers Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo, who leads the team with seven home runs but is out at least six weeks with a broken foot.

"I think they're better than they've performed," Towers said. "When you take a look at the offense, there's not a lot of grey beards or rookies other than (shortstop) Chris Owings. They're in the primes of their careers and have been pretty consistent performers without a lot of peaks and valleys. Other than (Goldschmidt), they've all had down years so far."
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