The Toronto Blue Jays will bring back John Gibbons as their manager to replace John Farrell, who took the same job with the Boston Red Sox, the Toronto Sun reported, without saying where it got the information.
Gibbons, 50, managed the Blue Jays for parts of five seasons from 2004 to 2008 and compiled a 305-305 record. After leaving Toronto, he was a bench coach for the Kansas City Royals and last season managed the San Diego Padres’ Double-A team in San Antonio to a 60-80 record.
Gibbons will be introduced today as the Blue Jays’ manager, the Toronto Sun said. The hiring comes after the club landed shortstop Jose Reyes and pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle in a 12-player trade with the Miami Marlins, and signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.
The Blue Jays, who haven’t made the Major League Baseball postseason since winning back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993, had a 73-89 record last season and went 154-170 during Farrell’s two-year tenure. He left the club last month to return to Boston, where he was the Red Sox pitching coach from 2007-10.