December 18, 2012
With R.A. Dickey in fold, how will Blue Jays manager John Gibbons slot starters?
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
Life is pretty good these days if you happen to be John Gibbons.
Having achieved a totally unexpected second kick at the Toronto Blue Jays managerial can with his surprise hiring last month, general manager Alex Anthopoulos has since showered Gibbons with an array of gifts that has caused normally sane folks in these parts to dive head-first into the deep end of the high expectations pool.
The best gift any GM can give his manager is a quality starting pitcher and, this off-season, Anthopoulos has been more than generous in handing Gibbons three arms that are expected to land the Jays their first post-season berth since their World Series triumph in 1993.
Not content to pick up right-hander Josh Johnson and lefty Mark Buehrle in the 12-player swap with Miami, the Jays have reached agreement with R.A. Dickey on a two-year extension beyond the 2013 season.
What it all means is that Gibbons has inherited a rotation that will be comprised of Dickey, Johnson and Buehrle i