Blue Jays GM dances around question about manager John Gibbons’ job status

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Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is under contract for next season, yet general manager Alex Anthopoulos gave some weird answers when asked whether he’ll be back:

He’s under contract. He’s always under contract, pretty much. I don’t think there’s anything to take care of, and I think he’s done a good job. … I’ve said this before. I’m a big believer that no matter what position–grounds crew, administrative assistant, manager, coach–you support them until you don’t support them.

All of which is certainly a hell of a lot more complicated than replying “yes.”

Anthopoulos’ line about how “he’s always under contract, pretty much” refers to Gibbons’ deal including a clause that extends his contract for another year each time he’s still on the job as of December 31. It’s like an automatic contract extension, presumably to keep him from ever being a lame-duck manager.

That also serves as the absolute latest date Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays would need to make a decision on retaining Gibbons. Either way they’re paying him for 2015.

Toronto has collapsed following a strong start to the season and is now 77-74 after going 74-88 last year. Gibbons, now in his second stint managing the Blue Jays, has a career record of 456-467 for a .494 winning percentage.