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.