Reports tonight indicate that Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager has been signed to a contract extension by the team. There’s no details of the extension in terms of length or cost, but Hazen was already under contract through at least next season [there’s some discrepancy among sources on whether or not it also covered 2021] Jack Sommers speculated in tonight’s Gameday Thread that the extension “is at least 3 years, if not more,” so that would keep Hazen under team control through 2023.
It clearly crossed Hazen’s name off the list of possible candidates to replace Dave Dombrowski, recently fired as the President of Baseball Operation on the Boston Red Sox. Hazen, of course, was born and grew up in New England and was part of the Red Sox front office from 2006 through 2016. He served as GM of Boston under Dombrowski, before coming over to Arizona after the 2016 season. as a replacement for Dave Stewart. That appeared to put him high as a potential replacement, though it appears talks about a contract extension had been under way before the position in Boston opened.
The team reached the National League Division series in Hazen’s first year on the job, but regressed to 82-80 last season. Hazen, however, is widely regarded as having done a good job in rebuilding a farm system largely stripped bare during the Stewart era. He also signed Ketel Marte to an extension which looks potentially as good as the Paul Goldschmidt one, also extended Eduardo Escobar, and made the difficult decision to trade Goldschmidt to the Cardinals, as well as Zack Greinke to the Astros.
Hopefully, this will prove more successful than the last time that Diamondbacks ownership chose to extend their GM. In February 2014, the team extended the contracts of both Kevin Towers and then manager Kirk Gibson. At the time, team president Derrick Hall said, “These are guys that I have a lot of confidence in and feel like they’ve earned it, they deserve it. If you look at the track record, these are two guys that have not had a losing season.” However, both Towers and Gibson were gone by the end of September, barely seven months after the extensions were announced.