Gibbons: 'I'm not so sure I want to go through' total rebuild with Blue Jays


If the Toronto Blue Jays are going to go through a total rebuild, they may need to find a new manager.

On Friday, manager John Gibbons appeared on MLB Network Radio where he addressed a report from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal claiming the Blue Jays "seem destined to move on" from him by season's end.

"Sooner or later, it's going to happen. I guarantee you that, " Gibbons replied when asked about this being his last season. "I learn to dismiss those things. It's a reality though. They inherited me here."

Gibbons is in his second stint as manager of the Blue Jays, spending 11 total seasons as Toronto's skipper. During his two runs with the organization, he's helped lead them to a division title and consecutive postseason appearances in 2015 and '16.

"If my days are finished here, it's been a wonderful ride ... maybe they would benefit from getting a new fresh face that can grow with the young players," he added.

The Blue Jays, who came into the season with their sights set on the postseason, have struggled to a 52-62 record. They've since traded J.A. Happ, Roberto Osuna, John Axford, Aaron Loup, Seunghwan Oh, and Steve Pearce and appear to be moving in the direction of a rebuild, something Gibbons doesn't appear to be interested in sticking around for.

"I'm not so sure I want to go through one of those things. A total rebuild," he explained. "We'll probably sit down ... before it's all said and done and talk that out."

Earlier this week, Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins refuted the report that Gibbons' job security was in question, going on to say the 56-year-old remains part of the team's plans moving ahead.

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