The details of Blue Jays manager, John Gibbons, contract have been disclosed by Sportnet. And they are unlike any contract ever handed out to a big league skipper.
The contract includes a rolling option, meaning Gibbons will never face a season as a ‘lame duck’ manager with a single year on his contract. The contract is a two year deal that locks Gibbons through the 2013 and 2014 seasons with an option for 2015. However, the deal has a unique feature where the option year automatically rolls over unless Gibbons is fired prior to January 1st of any given year. In essence, it’s a perpetual two year deal.
I suppose with a team that’s going for it all and hopefully for a few years, GM Alex Anthopoulos doesn’t want the distraction of the manager’s contract in the media or clubhouse. I find this deal to be innovative, unique, and down right clever. Now both Anthopoulos and Gibbons can rest easy on contract talks and focus on winning baseball games.
Is there a deal Anthopoulos can’t think of?
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