Byrnes and Hall Receive Huge Extensions

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today they have extended the contracts of President Derrick Hall and General Manager Josh Byrnes through 2015, according to General Partner and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Moorad. With the contract extension, Byrnes was also promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager.

Derrick Hall and Josh Byrnes have been instrumental in the organization's success both on and off the field over the past two seasons. Byrnes has built a roster with more depth, greater financial flexibility, and increased opportunity for the talented young players in the D-backs system, evident with the club winning the National League West Division Championship last season and advancing to the National League Championship Series after posting a league-best 90-72 record with the fifth-lowest payroll in Major League Baseball. Hall has re-established relationships with civic leaders and corporate partners and developed mission and value statements for all employees, resulting in the D-backs being named one of the "Best Places to Work" in the Valley in 2007. He has also developed a hands-on approach with the team's employees and spends valuable hours listening and communicating with the club's fan base.

"Derrick and Josh are far and above some of the best and brightest executives in sports today," Moorad said. "They have both invigorated our ownership group and the entire front office by creating an identity for the Arizona Diamondbacks to be a competitive force throughout Major League Baseball."

Hall took over as President in September 2006 after joining the team in May 2005 and developed a "Circle of Success" mission statement for the organization to begin concentrating on five important areas: fan experience, performance, community, culture and financial efficiency. Before spending one year as an executive with a Fortune 500 company prior to joining the D-backs, he spent parts of 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, joining the organization's Single-A Florida State League affiliate in Vero Beach, Fla., in 1992 and departing as the club's Senior Vice President, Communications in 2004.

Byrnes was named General Manager of the D-backs in October 2005. He began his front office career in 1994 with the Cleveland Indians, where he performed a myriad of duties before being named Director of Scouting in 1998. He was named Assistant General Manager of the Colorado Rockies following the 1999 season and later accepted the Assistant General Manager position with the Boston Red Sox following the 2002 season. During his three years in Boston, the Red Sox won at least 95 games each year, participated in the playoffs each year and ended the franchise's 86-year championship drought with a World Series title in 2004.

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