Diamondbacks extend contracts with Towers, Gibson

Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club extended the contracts of general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson beyond the 2014 season.

The length and financial terms of each deal, however, were not disclosed. Towers and Gibson both had their contract options declined after the 2013 season and each had just one year left on the deals they signed following the 2011 National League West championship season.

Diamondbacks team president and CEO Derrick Hall said in a statement, "We continue to be impressed by their loyalty, dedication, work ethic and track record of success during their big league careers and are glad that their contract status will not be a distraction as we open up spring training this week."

Gibson, who began coaching Arizona midway through the 2010 campaign after the firing of manager A.J. Hinch, has compiled a 290-279 record as the D-backs skipper and was named NL Manager of the Year for the 2011 season.

Towers, meanwhile, rejuvenated the organization after taking over for Josh Byrnes in September 2010, turning a 97-loss team in 2010 into a 94-win team in 2011.

The Diamondbacks have finished 81-81 over the past two seasons.


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