FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale looks on from the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Phoenix. The Arizona Diamondbacks have exercised the 2017 opti
Ralph Freso, File
February 18, 2016

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Manager Chip Hale's option for 2017 has been exercised by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Bob Melvin's former bench coach at Oakland, Hale is entering his second season at the helm of the Diamondbacks. The team went 79-83 last season.

Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and general manager Dave Stewart have repeatedly praised the job Hale did last year.

Arizona's hopes of contending this season appear to be greatly enhanced by the acquisition of Zack Greinke in the offseason.

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