Blue Jays manager John Gibbons will return in 2015

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman has the inside info

John Gibbons will be welcomed back for a third consecutive season as Blue Jays manager in 2015, people familiar with the situation say.

Team higher-ups are said to be planning for next season without even a thought they might consider changing managers, and it is said that unless something crazy and unforeseen happens, Gibbons will be back with two more years in hand.

Gibbons has a clause in his contract that triggers an option for the following season every January 1, which is what that “two more years in hand” stuff is all about. It ensures that he never enters a year as a lame duck manager, so he will likely remain with the Blue Jays through 2016 unless something goes terribly wrong.

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos was somewhat non-committal about Gibbons’ status in an interview earlier this month with Toronto’s National Post, but Heyman writes in his column Tuesday that team higher-ups “are said to like Gibbons and are especially pleased with his in-game managing, which they view as excellent.”

Gibbons is 153-165 so far in his second stint as the Jays’ skipper. He was 305-305 between 2004-2008.