D-backs extend deals for Towers, Gibson

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By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com   

Kirk Gibson (left) receives the 2012 NL Manager of the Year Award from Kevin Towers. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

PHOENIX -- As it turns out, D-backs general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson will not be entering the final years of their contracts in 2014.

The team on Monday announced that it had extended the contracts of both men. The length and financial terms of the extensions were not disclosed.

The D-backs tweeted the news with the following statement from team president and CEO Derrick Hall:

"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."

reach agreement w/ Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson for contract extensions beyond 2014 (terms not disclosed) pic.twitter.com/gz7UgUmnF0

- Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks)

Towers, who was hired in September 2010 and Gibson, who took over for A.J. Hinch on July 1 earlier that season, both had contract options declined by the organization following the 2013 season, leaving them both with just a year left on the deals they signed following the 2011 National League West championship season.

Both Towers and Gibson had 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 after their 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. "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."

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 81-81.

"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."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter . This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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