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Diamondbacks in rebuilding mode after tough season
The Arizona Diamondbacks boosted their payroll to unprecedented levels, hoping the influx would break them out of a two-year funk.
Instead, they went into a freefall to the bottom of the standings.
Arizona's retooling started during the 2014 season with the hiring of Tony La Russa and the firings of general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson.

GM Stewart says D-backs don't need major overhaul
Dave Stewart calls it his media room. Eight hi-def TVs. A fridge. A microwave. A beanbag chair with a blanket that occasionally serves as a bunk for the night in case a West Coast game goes long. You think Stewart does not know a few things about the Diamondbacks? You have not seen him in action in that man cave.

Third base coach Jose Oquendo is a candidate for Arizona Diamondbacks
With Tony La Russa at the helm of the Arizona Diamondbacks, it comes as no surprise that third base coach Jose Oquendo is a candidate for the now-open managerial position.

La Russa: Rest of coaching staff could return
It's possible the Diamondbacks will have only two coaching positions to fill this offseason: those of departed manager Kirk Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammell.

On Monday, a day after watching the team finish the 2014 season 64-98, Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa said he's pretty happy with the remainder of the coaching staff.

"I don't expect a lot of changes in the coaching staff," La Russa said.

D-Backs execs say roster overhaul is unlikely The Diamondbacks' needs are obvious to everyone, including the club's new leadership group, but the way they'll go about plugging their holes is not — and it didn't get any clearer after reporters were debriefed in an end-of-season session in the home clubhouse at Chase Field on Monday morning.

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