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Towers jelling with new boss La Russa


PITTSBURGH -- It has been more than six weeks since Tony La Russa joined the D-backs' organization as Chief Baseball Officer, and general manager Kevin Towers says he is pleased with how it has gone.

"I've enjoyed being around him," Towers said of his new boss. "He's a good guy. He's been around the game a long time, been around a lot of championship clubs. I love sitting in the [GM's] box and talking to him. He's easy to talk to. We sit and talk baseball. I enjoy that."

Prior to La Russa's hiring, Towers reported to team president/CEO Derrick Hall.

Towers said he had discussed with La Russa what options the D-backs had at the non-waiver Trade Deadline and kept him looped in when moves like the promotion of shortstop Nick Ahmed happen.

"To me the dialogue is good; we communicate well," Towers said. "It really hasn't changed much. It's just another layer. He's been very supportive. I don't know how he feels, but to me it's business as usual."

Expect the D-backs to retool rather than rebuild their roster at the Trade Deadline as they see themselves as a team that can be right back in the thick of things next year.

"We've just got to get healthy," Towers said. "I don't think we're that far away. We just had some horrible luck this year. A bad start and some horrible injuries."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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