Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons Could See Contract Extension

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According to GM, Ross Atkins, Toronto Blue Jays manager, John Gibbons could receive a contract extension this spring.

 

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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.

 

“Gibby and I are going to discuss that- we’ve continued to discuss that over the offseason – and both agreed to sit down and talk about what’s best for him and what’s best for the Toronto Blue Jays. That is something that we will both enjoy doing. I think the world of Gibby, I’ve really enjoyed working with him and he’s obviously done a lot of things for this organization. It’s just a matter of us talking about what’s best for him and what’s best for the organization. Whether that turns into an extension, we’ll see. It’s definitely something Gibby and I are embracing and want to talk about.” ~Blue Jays GM, Ross Atkins

 

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.

 

Rk Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% G Finish Wpost Lpost W-L%post
1 2004 42 Toronto Blue Jays AL 2nd of 2 20 30 .400 50 5 0 0
2 2005 43 Toronto Blue Jays AL 80 82 .494 162 3 0 0
3 2006 44 Toronto Blue Jays AL 87 75 .537 162 2 0 0
4 2007 45 Toronto Blue Jays AL 83 79 .512 162 3 0 0
5 2008 46 Toronto Blue Jays AL 1st of 2 35 39 .473 74 5 0 0
6 2013 51 Toronto Blue Jays AL 74 88 .457 162 5 0 0
7 2014 52 Toronto Blue Jays AL 83 79 .512 162 3 0 0
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 0 0
9 years 644 614 .512 1258 3.2 5 6 .455
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/14/2017.

 

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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Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.

Shaun Doyle

Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.