MLB Rumor Central: Diamondbacks keeping Chip Hale, for now

Chip Hale, who managed the Diamondbacks in 2015 and 2016, has been hired as the bench coach for the Nationals. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Arizona Diamondbacks are likely to keep embattled manager Chip Hale amid swirling rumors of an imminent firing.

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On Friday, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Diamondbacks were considering replacing Hale with the team's Triple-A manager, former major leaguer Phil Nevin. But according to Arizona Republic reporter Nick Piecoro, the D-backs are not going to make a change, at least for the time being.

General manager Dave Stewart dismissed the buzz around Hale as "bad rumors" and asserted that the team will proceed with Hale for the time being.

Expectations were high in Arizona this year after a flurry of moves brought pitchers Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller to the team. Instead, the club has disappointed to the tune of a 41-57 record and last-place standing in the NL West. The hope after Arizona finished 79-83 last season, Hale's first as a major league manager, was that the improvements to the roster would allow the Diamondbacks to compete with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants in the NL West, but that has been far from the case.