WASHINGTON -- Tony La Russa declined to meet with reporters Tuesday, but through a spokesperson, the D-backs' chief baseball officer said a USA Today report that stated the "D-backs currently plan to bring back" manager Kirk Gibson for 2015 was inaccurate.
La Russa directed reporters back to the comments he made Monday when asked about the job status of general manager Kevin Towers and Gibson, which did not indicate whether he was leaning one way or the other.
"I don't think the timing for each of those has to coincide," La Russa said. "I just think that at this point, we're at Aug. 18, I've been around three months, I've observed a lot, talked to and met with a lot of people in the organization. I have a much better idea. I just think the official comment is, we're at Aug. 18, the season is a month and 10 days from being over. So it won't be long until you have to trot out your plan officially."
Towers and Gibson each received contract extensions just prior to the start of Spring Training. At the time, the organization declined to reveal the length of the extensions, but they are believed to run through next season, as 2014 had been the final year of their prior deals.
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