Even though the Blue Jays are in danger of missing the postseason for the 21st consecutive season, the team intends to bring GM Alex Anthopoulos and manager John Gibbons back in 2015, reports Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun.
There has been speculation Anthopoulos -- and Gibbons, by extension -- could be shown the door if the team misses the postseason again, especially after their very disappointing last place finish in 2013. Here's more from Simmons:
Apparently, there is no temperature at all to remove Anthopoulos from his job — in fact, quite the opposite sentiment exists — with an appreciation internally for the manner in which he has conducted his business.
Neither Gibbons nor Anthopoulos have been given any indication personally about their futures in Toronto beyond this season, but the GM's contract carries into next year while it is assumed that Gibbons' deal does not.
Anthopoulos has been running the Jays since October 2009. One of his first transactions was trading Roy Halladay to the Phillies. Among his many moves, Anthopoulos signed Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion to very favorable long-term extensions and also swung two blockbusters prior to last season, first the Jose Reyes/Mark Buehrle deal with the Marlins and then the R.A. Dickey trade with the Mets.
Gibbons is currently in his second tour of duty with the team after serving as skipper from 2005-08. He was re-hired prior to the 2013 season. The team is 138-148 under Gibbons these last two years and 377-395 under Anthopoulos overall. They have not finished higher than fourth place in the AL East under his watch.
At 64-60, the Blue Jays are 6.5 games back of the Orioles in the AL East and 3.5 games back in the always-changing second wild-card race. They have lost 10 of 14 games this month and are sliding in the standings.