According to GM, Ross Atkins, Toronto Blue Jays manager, John Gibbons could receive a contract extension this spring.
While there will no doubt be many story lines to follow for the Toronto Blue Jays this spring, one that could get very little fanfare is the potential contract extension manager, John Gibbons could be getting. His boss, GM, Ross Atkins revealed this interesting tidbit on PTS with Bob McCown recently.
You might recall that Gibby had his contract adjusted to remove the ‘roll-over’ clause that was designed to avoid him being a lame duck manager, but essentially created a situation that would be difficult for the Blue Jays to change directions should they need to. While the details weren’t released, it is thought that the Texan took a bit more money to remove the clause and add a bit less security to his position. It was a move that Gibby asked for with former GM, Alex Anthopoulos.
It might have seemed less risky at the time for Gibbons, given his run of recent success. After all, he had led his team to their first playoff appearance in 22 yrs. He had some leverage. But, he would gain even more after repeating the postseason run in 2016. So, before, he was looking for security. But, removing the clause allows him some freedom to capitalize on that success in the event of a search for a new job.
While Gibbons took a “but more money” to remove that clause, it is not clear what that actually means. The dollar amount of his deal is not really known. Over at Boyd’s Bets, Jimmy Boyd did some research last February to find out the salaries of MLB managers. Now, it should be noted that Boyd, himself, points out that the results of his research are not 100% guaranteed, but simply the best he could find. What he found was that Gibby’s salary entering 2016 was $1M. That was based on a Toronto Sun piece pointing out how low Gibby is paid compared to his Toronto sports counterparts.
Based on all of this, we can expect that his salary is north of $1M (including the bump to remove the ‘roll-over’ clause), which would mean that he would likely stand to see a bit of an increase should an extension be worked out. He’ll have that much more success under his belt. He can also hang his hat on the fact that he’s been able to maintain a clubhouse full of All Stars without any kind of drama, which is an area of growth for him, considering his previous encounters with players.
Over all, Gibbons second go ’round at the helm of this club has gone much better than his previous.
|1||2004||42||Toronto Blue Jays||AL||2nd of 2||20||30||.400||50||5|
|2||2005||43||Toronto Blue Jays||AL||80||82||.494||162||3|
|3||2006||44||Toronto Blue Jays||AL||87||75||.537||162||2|
|4||2007||45||Toronto Blue Jays||AL||83||79||.512||162||3|
|5||2008||46||Toronto Blue Jays||AL||1st of 2||35||39||.473||74||5|
|6||2013||51||Toronto Blue Jays||AL||74||88||.457||162||5|
|7||2014||52||Toronto Blue Jays||AL||83||79||.512||162||3|
|8||2015||53||Toronto Blue Jays||AL||93||69||.574||162||1||5||6||.455|
|9||2016||54||Toronto Blue Jays||AL||89||73||.549||162||2|
After back to back postseason appearances, the pressure is on Gibby to repeat, not that he would ever display any kind of signs of feeling said pressure. Instead, he’ll enter the 2017 season the same old Gibby. The affable 54 year old would never admit it, but having a contract extension under his belt sure would make the pressure of this season that much easier, just the same.
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