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Toronto, Gibbons agree to contract extension

The Toronto Blue Jays and manager John Gibbons have agreed to a one-year contract extension.

The deal extends Gibbons' current contract through the 2008 season and will pay him $650,000.

Gibbons might have cost himself a longer extension after getting
into altercations with infielder Shea Hillenbrand and pitcher
Ted Lilly last season.

The Blue Jays skipper's current deal will pay him $500,000 this season.

Gibbons has been at the helm of the Blue Jays since replacing Carlos Tosca as the interim manager in the middle of the 2004 season.

The Blue Jays (87-75) finished second in the AL East for the first time since their world championship season in 1993. Overall, Gibbons is 187-187 with the Blue Jays.

General manager J.P Ricciardi, who played in the minor leagues
with Gibbons, gave him a one-year contract at the end of the 2004
season and a two-year extension in April, 2005.

Gibbons, a former catcher who had 50 career at-bats in 18 games
with the New York Mets in 1984, '86 and '87, spent seven seasons as
a minor league manager with the Mets, working his way up to
Triple-A Norfolk. He compiled a 482-420 record in the minors, then
joined Toronto as its bullpen catcher in 2002.

Ace Roy Halladay and center fielder Vernon Wells have endorsed
Gibbons publicly.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.