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John Gibbons option for 2015 triggered

Jan 2, 2014, 12:06 PM EST

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Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has a unique contract: every January 1st that he is employed, an option for the following season vests and an option for two seasons in the future is added. So, since he was employed yesterday, his 2015 option kicks in and a 2016 option is now dangling out there, pending his employment on January 1, 2015.

The purpose is to avoid Gibbons ever becoming a lame duck manager, which has become an increasingly thorny issue in Major League Baseball. Most notably when Jim Riggleman quit mid-season a couple of years ago simply because the Nationals wouldn’t ink him through the following season and beyond.

I’m not sure if anyone else does this. I do know, however, that the days of Walter Alston and the Dodgers sitting down every winter to hammer out a one-year deal for the upcoming season is a think of the past.

  1. rbj1 - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Sorta kinda like the reserve clause. Only this time the person referenced wants it.

  2. historiophiliac - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Also, this morning Rob Ford filed for re-election. Everyone in Canada re-ups!

    • stex52 - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      Rob Ford, eh? We should be hearing from Harry soon.

      • dirtyharry1971mom - Jan 2, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        Harry was grounded earlier today. I took away his computer.

      • Old Gator - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        You should have just sent him back to his special school with a little extra money for his ward manager to keep drugging his Ovaltine.

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Who ever came up with this clause is absolutely brilliant. Not only will he never be a lame duck coach, but it also makes it that much more difficult to fire him as you know you’re going to have to pay him for one year after termination.

    • deep64blue - Jan 3, 2014 at 6:18 AM

      Actually the point is that it’s easy to fire him, you just need to do it by December 31st to avoid an extra year of cost. It’s a nicely balanced contract/

  4. jason9696 - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    John Gibbons has to be one of the worst if not the worst managers in the Major Leagues. I have no idea why the Jays hired this guy again. It’s comical.

  5. nymets4ever - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    It’s sad when some organizations find mediocrity acceptable…

  6. davidbrentfan - Jan 2, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    EVERYONE ON THIS MESSAGE BOARD IS A B A S T A R D EXCEPT FOR ME! F U C K YOU, B A S T A R D S!

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