The Blue Jays, reaching back for a familiar name, have hired John Gibbons as their new manager, according to a major-league source.
Gibbons, who managed the Blue Jays from Aug. 2004 to June 2008, replaces John Farrell, whom the Jays traded to the Boston Red Sox at the end of last season.
Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos was assistant GM during part of Gibbons’ tenure and admired his bullpen management and in-game strategy, a source said.
Gibbons served as bench coach for the Kansas City Royals from 2009 to ’11, and was manager of the San Diego Padres’ Double A affiliate last season.
The hiring of Gibbons, who will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday, was first reported by Hall of Fame baseball writer Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun.
Next, the Blue Jays must fill their coaching vacancies.
They have interviewed Baltimore Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale to be their bench coach. Former Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta also may be a candidate for a coaching position.