The Toronto Blue Jays and manager John Gibbons will part ways after this season, according to a Fancred report on Thursday.
Per the report, nothing is set in stone, but a person familiar with the thinking of both parties called it “99.9 percent done” that Toronto will have a different manager next season. The report adds that the team likely plans to hire a younger manager as it continues a rebuild, with a goal of being competitive in 2020 or 2021.
General manager Ross Atkins declined to comment, while Gibbons told Fancred, “We’ll sit down after the year and see what direction we’re going to go, myself included.”
Gibbons, 56, has one year remaining on his contract. He said last month on MLB Network, “I’m not sure I want to go through one of those things — a total rebuild.” The Blue Jays entered Thursday at 63-76, and they recently traded 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson.
Gibbons helped the Jays to the AL Championship Series in both 2015 and 2016, the franchise’s only two playoff appearances since it won back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993.
He is in his second stint as the Blue Jays’ manager, after holding the post from midway through the 2004 season until his firing in 2008. He was brought back in November of 2012 and has gone 478-471 since, bringing his record to 783-776 with the team.
—Field Level Media