Blue Jays manager John Gibbons signs extension

TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has received a contract extension through the 2019 season after guiding Toronto to the playoffs the last two years.

The team said Saturday there is a club option for the 2020 season. His contract had been restructured before the 2016 season.

Gibbons has spent parts of nine seasons as Toronto's manager. He helped the team end a 22-year postseason drought in 2015.

Last fall, the Blue Jays finished 89-73, beat Baltimore in the AL wild-card game, defeated Texas in the AL Division Series and lost to Cleveland in the ALCS.

The Blue Jays open this season at Baltimore on Monday. Toronto's home opener is April 11 against Milwaukee.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.