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Are the Padres still Kevin Towers' team?

I appreciate Jake Peavy's frankness. Is he right about the Padres, though?

    The San Diego Padres have overachieved this season. They are 34-24, one game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.

    Jake Peavy, the team’s former ace, believes the man who deserves credit for that success was fired at the end of last season: Kevin Towers.

    “Kevin Towers getting let go out there is an absolute joke,” Peavy told FOXSports.com on Wednesday. “You can quote me on that. Kevin Towers is a heck of a general manager.

    “You see the product of his work. Moorad and those guys just took over the team last year. They didn’t change that team — (Jon) Garland’s pitched well for them, but they didn’t make any significant moves to that team, that coaching staff.

Well, before we give Kevin Towers a great deal of credit for putting together this team, shouldn't we wait a few months and see if this team is actually good?

Granted, the keys to the Padres' success have been

1. Clayton Richard and Mat Latos, both of whom were in place before Towers' departure,

2. the fantastic bullpen, all of which was in place before Towers' departure,

3. Adrian Gonzalez, who Towers traded for -- in a massively lopsided deal with the Rangers -- in 2006,

4. two catchers having surprisingly good seasons, and

5. Jon Garland.

As far as it goes, Peavy's analysis is essentially correct. Of course, Towers was just one man in a far-flung organization and it's incredibly difficult to attribute a certain percentage of a team's success to one general manager, especially one surrounded by as many smart people as Towers was.

But yes: If the Padres wind up with a good season, Kevin Towers does deserve some of the credit. Because to some degree at least, this is still his team.