Sep 25, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) in the dugout during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays 2015 Option on John Gibbons Now Guaranteed

Well, for all of you naysayer Blue Jays fans that were advocating for manager John Gibbons to find another home this winter, your New Year isn’t starting off as well as you could have hoped.

According to Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith, the riding option for manager John Gibbons has been activated and the Blue Jays have guaranteed that he will at least be paid for the 2015 season as well.

The clause was initially put into the contract so that Gibbons never had to go through a season with worries that he would not be brought back the following season, an option similar to the one the Boston Red Sox had with knuckle-baller Tim Wakefield year ago. The clause also creates a perpetual new clause for the following year, which if Gibbons has not been fired prior to January 1st of any given year, his contract for the following calendar year becomes guaranteed.

If only we could all have the luxury of such a golden parachute.

That’s not going to sit well with some Blue Jays fans, who saw a formerly fiery Gibbons become a passive version of himself in 2013 and felt that he wasn’t the leader the team needed after going all in on players the previous winter. While it doesn’t guarantee that Gibbons will actually manage the team in 2015, only a strong 2014 will guarantee that, it does mean that Toronto will be on the hook for whatever contract value they have him inked to.

Gibbons is hoping it doesn’t come to that though, as he is hoping the Blue Jays rebound strongly in 2014 and capture some of the potential that they promised a year ago, especially after such high profile additions as Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Melky Cabrera, and R.A. Dickey.

Barring any additions this winter, the team will swing in to Florida with roughly the same roster as a year ago, minus the losses of Josh Johnson and Rajai Davis. Whether that roster is good enough to put last year behind them and compete in the tough American League East remains to be seen.

“We didn’t answer the bell last year, but now it’s time to do it. Are we going to be ready coming out of spring training? We need a good start. Coming off the year we had in our division, we buried ourselves early last year, and we can’t afford that.”

No sir, the Blue Jays can’t afford to do it, and neither can you.

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  • Erik Trenouth

    You make it sound like there is something wrong with this. If it doesn’t work out this year, he is fired. If it works out and he does good, he coaches again next year, and every year thereafter that he is still doing good. This way, if he does evolve into a great manager, there is no need to renegotiate a contract. If he continues to suck, then he is fired.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      I’m not a big fan of it personally. Give him a multi-year deal if that is what you are looking to do, but guaranteeing a severance package on a string of one-year deals seems a bit absurd to me.

      • RyanMueller

        Good point, I never thought about it that way; however, how many managers finish a contract and simply move on? Most are fired with a year or more remaining, essentially guaranteeing them a severance package…or am I misunderstanding?

    • david s

      I believe that it was Bautita who said that it was the players who let Gibbons down and that they owed him big. I fail to see how Gibbons could have prevented the rash of injuries that took place. He was also not responsible for one signing of one player. A multi-billion dollar corporation like Rogers does no one favours. Beeston, AA’s boss, makes all the approvals of personnel, not AA. Beeston knew Gibbons value. Gibbons is valued. Just ask the Jays, his former players when he managed Toronto years back.