The Diamondbacks reached extensions with manager Kirk Gibson and general manager Kevin Towers Monday, the team announced on Twitter.
We continue to be impressed by their [Gibson's and Towers'] 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."
The 56-year-old Gibson has gone 290-279 with the Diamondbacks as manager. He won the 2011 National League Manager of the Year after turning the Diamondbacks into a winner, leading them to a 94-68 record. Since, the Diamondbacks have 162-162, finishing 81-81 both years. The Diamondbacks are getting ready to break out in the National League West, after making some big moves this offseason, including acquiring Mark Trumbo from the Angels.
You know who made those moves? Kevin Towers. He will be extended as well, making the duo in place at least past the 2014 season (terms of the deal are unknown). He has been the general manager of the Diamondbacks since 2010. Prior to that, he was the manager of fellow National League West San Diego Padres, and led them to four of their five postseason appearances.
The Diamondbacks were right in making these moves. Towers and Gibson have done their jobs and will continue to past the 2014 season. Both are good personnel, and the Diamondbacks will continue to have them as they attempt to turn the team into consistent winners.