Diamondbacks extend contracts of manager Kirk Gibson and general manager Kevin Towers

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Kirk Gibson is the odds-on favorite to be named NL Manager of the Year later this month, but in the meantime he’s agreed to a contract extension with the Diamondbacks that runs through 2014.

General manager Kevin Towers’ deal was also extended through 2014, and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that both contracts include team options for 2015 and 2016.

Arizona will have to decide whether to exercise both the option years by the end of 2013, eliminating the possibility of a lame-duck situation.

Gibson, who played 17 seasons in the majors and was the NL MVP in 1988, has gone 128-117 (.522) since taking over as the Diamondbacks’ manager in mid-2010. Towers became the Diamondbacks’ general manager in September of last year and previously had a 15-year run as the Padres’ GM.

Dustin Pedroia going back on injured list

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Welp, that didn’t last long. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is going back on the injured list with more knee issues. If it matters the Sox say it’s not a big deal and they expect him back sooner rather than later, but they also said that his post-2017 knee surgery was just a “cleanup” at first and that basically cost him a year. So.

Pedroia has played in six games and is 2-for-20 with a walk.

I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that Pedroia’s career may be nearing an end. Sure, he’s under contract for two more years after this season, but he’s also in a unfortunate spiral that so many players experience in their mid-to-late 30s.

Running a website like this makes it all the clearer, actually. When you search a player’s name in our CMS, you get every post in which he appears in reverse chronological order. Just about every long-tenured player ends with about six posts in which he is alternately placed on and activated from the disabled/injured list. Then an offseason link to a big feature in which he’s written about as being “at a crossroads” followed by something vague about “resuming baseball activities” and then, inevitably, the retirement announcement. I can’t count the number of guys whose careers I can tick off in that way by browsing the guts of this site.

I hope that’s not the case for Pedroia. I hope that there’s a “Pedroia wins Comeback Player of the Year” post in the future. Or at the very least a silly “Miller’s Crossing” reference in an “And that Happened” in which I say “the old man’s still an artist with the Thompson” after he peppers the ball around in some 3-for-4, two-double game. I want that stuff to happen.

It’s just that, if you watch this game long enough, you realize how unlikely that is once a player starts to break down.