San Diego ready to play waiting game

San Diego is in the thick of the NL West race, but GM Kevin Towers is willing to wait for the right deal.

Originally Published: July 9, 2004
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
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When several baseball executives picked San Diego as a potential National League West sleeper team this year, they factored in the franchise's 46,000-seat ace in the hole. The Padres figured to have the financial freedom to add talent before the July 31 non-waiver deadline because of the extra revenue from their first season in Petco Park.

That still might be the case, but general manager Kevin Towers sure sounds like a man who's trying to lower expectations.

Jerry Crasnick | email MLB Sr. Writer