Struggling through a disappointing season, the Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to retain Kirk Gibson as manager next year, according to a report.

The Diamondbacks have the fourth-worst record in baseball at 53-72 entering Tuesday's games, but USA Today reported Tuesday that Tony La Russa, brought in three months ago to oversee baseball operations, is learning toward giving Gibson another year in the dugout.

There was no indication about whether general manager Kevin Towers' job might be in jeopardy. He has received criticism for some of the moves he made in the past and for the club's lack of success on the field.

Gibson took over as Diamondbacks manager in 2010 and has a 343-351 overall record. After winning the National League West title in 2011 with a 94-68 regular-season record, the Diamondbacks finished .500 each of the next two seasons before this year's slide. Gibson was National League manager of the year in 2011.