Blue Jays, John Gibbons agree to end automatic contract rollover

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Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins told MLB Network Radio on Monday that the club has agreed with manager John Gibbons to remove the automatic rollover in his contract. The automatic rollover is an “anti-lame-duck clause”, as Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star put it. An extra year was automatically added to his contract on January 1.

MLB Network Radio reports that Gibbons is signed for the 2016 and ’17 seasons with a slight increase in pay, and there’s no rollover for the 2018 season.

Gibbons said, “I approached Alex [Anthopoulos, former Jays GM] about this,” per Sportsnet’s Jeff Blair. Blair notes that it likely gives Gibbons a bit more leverage in future negotiations.

Gibbons, 53, has managed the Jays since 2013, leading them to a 250-236 (.514) record and helping end a playoff drought last year that had extended back to 1993. It’s his second stint with the team, as he previously managed from 2004-08 in Toronto.