D-backs extend Towers and Gibson
PHOENIX — As it turns out, D-backs general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson will not be entering the final year of the contracts in 2014.
The team on Monday said that it had extended the contracts of both men. The length of the extensions as well as the financial terms were not disclosed.
“Over the past couple months, Ken Kendrick and I have had continued conversations about extending both Gibby and KT’s contracts and we are pleased to have come to an agreement,” D-backs President/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.”
Towers, who was hired in Sept. 2010 and Gibson, who took over for A.J. Hinch on July 1, 2010, both had future contract options declined by the organization following the 2013 season leaving them both with just 2014 left on the deals they signed following the 2011 National League West championship season.
Both Towers and Gibson said entering the final year of their respective contracts would not be an issue.
“We’re very happy with both of them,” Hall said of Towers and Gibson at the time the options were not picked up. “They’re under contract and they can still be extended. It’s not a big deal. We’re all on the same page.”
Arizona managing general partner Ken Kendrick echoed Hall’s comments in an interview with MLB.com in November.
“I think we have good leadership starting with Derrick and in the front office and on the field with K.T. and Gibby,” Kendrick said at that time. “I’m comfortable with those guys. I think it’s important for them to go out and prove themselves once again. I hope and believe they’re going to be long-term Diamondback people.”
If they didn’t then, they should now.
Gibson has a 290-279 record with the D-backs, including going 34-49 in the second half of the 2010 season.
Towers, meanwhile, retooled the D-backs after taking over for Josh Byrnes and turned a 97-loss team in 2010 into a 94-win team in 2011.
The past two seasons the D-backs have finished with identical 81-81 records.
“I would say it’s disappointing really because our expectations are very high,” Towers said following last season. “I think they have been since Gibby and I have been together since 2011. We fully expect to be in the postseason each and every year, and the last two years we’ve been .500.”