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07:35 AM ET 01.03 | John Gibbons has more reasons than most to look forward to each new year, and 2014 brings good fortune. [Gibbons'] 2015 option became guaranteed and the manager had a 2016 option added to his contract due to a clause in his unique deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. When Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos hired Gibbons in November of 2012, the sides agreed to a contract designed to prevent the 51-year-old Texan from becoming a 'lame duck' manager, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reported. The creative contract structure dictates that as long as the Blue Jays don't fire Gibbons prior to Jan. 1, the option for the next season becomes guaranteed and an additional option gets added to the deal. ... If Gibbons makes it through another season, the 2016 option will become guaranteed and a 2017 option will be added.

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January 3, 2014  09:49 AM ET

Another example of what a moron they have in Toronto has their GM.

January 3, 2014  09:53 AM ET

Horrible hire - again. This guy did absolutely nothing to right the ship last year, let lazy veterans and unmotivated younger players muddle through a lost year.

Anthopolous has made a bungled mess of this team. Dealing for a 37 year old knuckleballer to be an ace was fool's gold. As well, the Marlins deal was a joke from the beginning. The best player is a stats guy, no heart. The other three are marginal players. The CF they dealt for (Rasmus) can't hit his body weight in average. They don't have a dependable arm in the rotation.

Other than that, Super Alex has done a great job.

January 3, 2014  10:33 AM ET

Gibby has got it Made!!!!!

January 3, 2014  10:42 AM ET

I like the process of not becoming a lame duck manager.... bet Mattingly wished he had that structure.... If you're going to fire him - do it before Jan 1. No big deal.

January 3, 2014  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They fired him once. They can do it again.

Cito is just waiting for that phone call. again.

January 3, 2014  07:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They fired him once. They can do it again.

they knew it before when they fired him,and why hired him when the guy has such poor knowledge in the game??the jays do need a better manager unless they expected to use it as an excuse,failure comes together with poor performance as a manager, and the guy clearly can't do this job as a manager!!!

January 3, 2014  07:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Another example of what a moron they have in Toronto has their GM.

another clearly example where and to whom throw it the blame,the GM stated, if we don't win the worldseries blame the poor performance on the manager,if we don't win the pennant blame the lack of knowledge in the manager,or else why hire a such low baseball performance manager??

January 3, 2014  07:29 PM ET
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I like the process of not becoming a lame duck manager.... bet Mattingly wished he had that structure.... If you're going to fire him - do it before Jan 1. No big deal.

after all its not the manager's fault,just turn around and look who really its to blame??
poor quality manager and a lack in the game tells you everything!!
all in all,the GM should hit the exit door!!!

January 3, 2014  07:31 PM ET

its time to place a call to the retired catcher pudgy rodriguez!!!

January 4, 2014  09:56 AM ET

This guys average and to put together that rotation and roster to be effective in that division you need to constantly be paying attention and trust your judgement calls.
That's not to say stick with a guy as he offers back to back HR's after 4 innings pitched.
@the guy who made fun of Rasmus you might want to brush up on your baseball knowledge.

January 4, 2014  10:06 AM ET
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Horrible hire - again. This guy did absolutely nothing to right the ship last year, let lazy veterans and unmotivated younger players muddle through a lost year.Anthopolous has made a bungled mess of this team. Dealing for a 37 year old knuckleballer to be an ace was fool's gold. As well, the Marlins deal was a joke from the beginning. The best player is a stats guy, no heart. The other three are marginal players. The CF they dealt for (Rasmus) can't hit his body weight in average. They don't have a dependable arm in the rotation. Other than that, Super Alex has done a great job.

Rasmas' weight=200
Rasmus' BA=.276
League Batting average=.253
Knuckleballers don't age like other pitchers, look it up.
Reyes is a stats guy but if you watched or followed the jays you know he came back from injury early and did his best for the team-which included sitting when he put the batting order in funk.
Considering Jays have a hitters park it isn't all that easy to get a 'dependable arm', look at the yankee's since they moved to their new stadium. Hard to find an 'ace' that'll contend for the Cy Young but if they were pitching in Seattle or Arizona they'd be in the discussion. Cut the rotation some slack.
Considering everything the Marlins gave up for those players the Blue Jays made away like a bandit for what they gave up that wasn't $.

January 4, 2014  02:26 PM ET
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Rasmas' weight=200Rasmus' BA=.276League Batting average=.253Knuckleballers don't age like other pitchers, look it up.Reyes is a stats guy but if you watched or followed the jays you know he came back from injury early and did his best for the team-which included sitting when he put the batting order in funk.Considering Jays have a hitters park it isn't all that easy to get a 'dependable arm', look at the yankee's since they moved to their new stadium. Hard to find an 'ace' that'll contend for the Cy Young but if they were pitching in Seattle or Arizona they'd be in the discussion. Cut the rotation some slack.Considering everything the Marlins gave up for those players the Blue Jays made away like a bandit for what they gave up that wasn't $.

Nobody in the East play in a pitcher-friendly park. However, staffs have to give their team a shot, and this staff simply is not good enough on most nights. Dickey and Morrow are prime examples. Couldn't put 3 straight good games together all year. As for McGowan - he is done. Could be the same for Drabek. Where is there a light at the end of the tunnel? They also gave up Travis D'Arnaud for Dickey. He will be a 20 HR/30 double hitter for years. Way too much to give up for an old, gimmicky pitcher who suffers stretches of ineffectiveness, always will in the AL East. He doesn't have hitters 6-9 as automatic outs anymore.

January 4, 2014  05:15 PM ET

Worst Manager in baseball. Shocked he didn't get fired mid season, even more so that he didn't get fired before the new year with that clause in the contract

 
January 6, 2014  12:21 PM ET

I think the deal with the Marlins and for Melky were terrific. The one deal that wasn't so good in my opinion was the Dickey one because we paid BIG. The upshot is we got Dickey to sign for 3 years instead of just balance of his contract. Lets see how year 2 works out with this set of catchers.

My own personal opinion is that we should have given Josh Johnson his qualifying offer.

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