The Arizona Diamondbacks have recently made an announcement that they have reached an agreement on extensions with both General Manager Kevin Towers and Manager Kirk Gibson. The extensions will keep both beyond the 2014 season and come following both of their 2015 club options being declined after the 2013 season.
Towers, originally hired in September of 2010, managed to turn the Diamondbacks into a 94-win team in his first full season after they were only able to win 67 games the year before. Towers comes with a large track record and is the most experienced General Manager in the MLB, first working as the San Diego Padres‘ General Manager from the 1995-2009 seasons.
Gibson, hired during July of the 2010 season, has been able to post a 290-279 record that includes a National League West Division Title and Manager of the Year Award in his first full season with the Diamondbacks. Since then, Gibson has managed the Diamondbacks to two consecutive 81-win seasons.
Both Towers and Gibson have expressed their disappointment with the last two seasons and will hopefully now be more comfortable operating with a little more certainty regarding their futures, with Towers citing “Our expectations are very high, 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.”