By SI Wire
August 19, 2014

The Arizona Diamondbacks plan to bring back manager Kirk Gibson for the 2015 season, but chief baseball officer Tony La Russa is delaying an official announcement, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports.

Gibson, along with general manager Kevin Towers, had two-year team options after the 2013 season, but the Diamondbacks chose to decline the options. Before the 2014 season, both were signed to a "unique one-year extension guarantee," which takes the men through the 2015 season with the possibility for a longer stay.

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The Diamondbacks hired La Russa in May as the club's chief baseball officer to oversee all the baseball operations. La Russa is now essentially in charge of Towers and Gibson.

Gibson has managed the Diamondbacks since taking over from A.J. Hinch in July 2010. He was named the NL Manager of the Year in 2011.

The Diamondbacks are 53-72 entering Tuesday, 16.5 games behind the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

- Sarah Barshop


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