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Why Jays' Gibbons won't ever be a lame duck

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08:09 AM ET 02.05 | The Toronto Blue Jays have gone outside the box to create a rolling contract option for John Gibbons. Back when he was hired in November, Gibbons revealed that he was given a two-year deal plus an option, but he didn't explain how the option functions. The way it works is that as long as the Blue Jays don't fire him prior to the following Jan. 1, the option becomes guaranteed with another option added to the back end. For example, if Gibbons makes it to 2014, his 2015 option vests with another option added for 2016. Believed to be the first of its kind in the big-leagues, although that's unconfirmed, the structure essentially means Gibbons will be operating on a perpetual two-year contract, eliminating any in-season intrigue.

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February 5, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Good Job Gibby, now go out and win!!!!!

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February 5, 2013  09:03 AM ET

If you don't get into the playoffs this year John you want have to worry about the Jays picking up your opinion.

February 5, 2013  11:37 AM ET
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He'll still get fired midseason '13.

as long he does get the pennant plus a trip to the world series,,the manager could have a shot to the second year in his contract,,,,,

February 5, 2013  01:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He'll still get fired midseason '13.

Seriously... If the Jays are 15 back at the All-Star break - there will be plenty of "in-season intrigue"...

February 5, 2013  05:09 PM ET
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Seriously... If the Jays are 15 back at the All-Star break - there will be plenty of "in-season intrigue"...

plenty time to pick a good reason why he should take a walk,,, though he better do a very good job unless he really would like to get kick out of toronto,,, good results and good record could be the right answer though,,,

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February 5, 2013  05:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He'll still get fired midseason '13.

Manager of the year! If he can do half as well as he did with the roster he had last time around, he'll be fine. The jays have a way better core group, 6 major league starters and a bullpen with depth.

 
February 6, 2013  02:27 PM ET

wiseup: Toronto will do well barring critical injuries. I see Toronto at least giving Gibbons the whole year,since they would still have to pay him plus a new manager.Toronto will asess gibbons at the end of the season, then if necessary make change. With the additins to their roster Toronto could over take Tampa Bay, maybe even Baltimore or Yankees.

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