Towers and Gibson sign Diamondbacks extension

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Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers and Manager Kirk Gibson have signed contract extensions of unknown length and financial terms to avoid beginning the season in the final year of their contracts.

Team president/CEO Derrick Hall said: "If you look at the track record, these are two guys that have not had a losing season.

"I think that these guys are as loyal as it gets. They're very hard workers, well prepared. I think it was time to do it before going into Spring Training."

The pitchers and catchers for the Diamondbacks report to camp on Thursday ahead of the commencement of Spring training.

Towers is pleased to have been given the extension and said that: "This is a place where we hope we get to spend the rest of our careers ... Great organization, great people to work for, tremendous fan base and I think a ballclub that has a chance to not only win the NL West, but hopefully go deep into the postseason."

Towers was hired by the Diamondbacks in 2010 and Gibson, who had replaced A.J Hinch earlier that season, both had contract options which the organization could have chosen to exercise this off season.

The Phoenix based Diamondbacks elected not to do so and have now put an end to speculation that the two could be under fire.

As an added measure, by not releasing any information about the extension length the organization have ensured that the speculation will not surface again.

The past two seasons the D-backs have gone 81-81. Towers has revolutionised the Diamondbacks since taking over turning a 97-loss team into a 94-win team in 2011.

Towers showed his love of the role saying: "There's only 30 of these jobs, and although they're not easy, it takes confidence from the people up above you to kind of keep steering the ship."

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