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Report: Blue Jays near agreement on contract extension with John Gibbons

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Update: The extension covers the 2018-19 seasons and includes an option for 2020, MLB Network Radio reports.

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Blue Jays are finalizing a contract extension with manager John Gibbons. The deal is expected to be completed by Opening Day. Gibbons is currently in the last year of a contract initially signed in November 2012 which included rollover options after each season starting with 2015. That language was removed and Gibbons was instead given a raise for the 2016-17 seasons.

Gibbons, 54, led the Blue Jays to the ALCS last season but they were stopped in five games by the Indians. The Jays also made it to the ALCS in 2015 and lost to the Royals in six games. As for the regular season, the Jays are 339-309 (.523) under Gibbons since the start of the 2013 season, the beginning of his second managerial stint with the club.

Heyman notes that the Jays’ front office values Gibbons’ in-game management as well as his ability to handle the clubhouse.

Braves senior advisor John Hart Resigns

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Braves senior advisor John Hart announced his resignation today.

Hart, who was once the team’s GM, then returned to the role on an interim basis following the dismissal of John Coppolella in the wake of MLB’s investigation into the team’s practices in Latin America. With the hiring of Alex Anthopoulos as the team’s new General Manager, Hart was shuttled into a senior advisor role with no final say over baseball decisions. It was expected that he’d leave the organization once his contract was up at the end of the year, but he decided to quit now.

One wonders if he was merely getting on with the inevitable or if his early resignation is a sign that the results of MLB’s investigation will be such that he doesn’t want to be around when they come down.