John Gibbons was hired as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday for the second time, returning to a team that just invigorated its roster after a blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins.
‘‘I never would have guessed this could happen,’’ he said at a news conference.
Gibbons managed Toronto from 2004-08 and had a 305-305 record, making him the third-winningest manager in franchise history.
He succeeds John Farrell, who spurned Toronto for his dream managing job with the Red Sox. Gibbons, however, takes over a very different team from the one Farrell managed.
The surprise announcement came a day after the Blue Jays completed a megadeal in which they acquired All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes and pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle from Miami. Toronto agreed to the trade last week and commissioner Bud Selig approved it Monday. The Blue Jays, extraordinarily busy in this offseason, also finalized a $16 million, two-year deal with free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera .
“Who wouldn’t want to be here?’’ Gibbons said. ‘‘The front office has put together a legitimate contending type team.’’
Kuroda staying put
Hiroki Kuroda is staying with the Yankees, agreeing to a $15 million, one-year contract.
Kuroda, who turns 38 in February, was the Yankees’ most consistent pitcher during the regular season. He went 16-11, tying for the team lead in wins, and led New York with 33 starts and 219⅔ innings.
After losing six of his first nine decisions, he finished with a 3.32 ERA that was second among New York starters behind Andy Pettitte’s 2.87.
‘‘I am very happy and excited to re-sign with the Yankees,’’ Kuroda said in a statement. ‘‘I am very grateful for all of the interest and all of the offers that I received from the various teams that courted me.’’
Royals sign Guthrie
Righthander Jeremy Guthrie signed a $25 million, three-year deal. The starter will make $5 million next season, $11 million in 2014 and $9 million in 2015. The 33-year-old Guthrie was acquired in a midseason trade from the Colorado Rockies, where he'd been just 3-9 with a 6.35 ERA. He wound up going 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts in Kansas City, including a 4-0 mark with a 2.17 ERA over his final 11 outings . . . Free agent righthanded reliever Joel Peralta, 36, finalized a $6 million, two-year contract to remain with the Rays. Peralta gets $3 million in each of the next two seasons. The Rays have $2.5 million annual options for 2015-17 . . . The Rockies traded lefthanded pitcher Matt Reynolds to the Diamondbacks for corner infielder Ryan Wheeler. . . . The Tigers released outfielder Ryan Raburn, who started the 2012 season as a big part of Detroit’s plans, but the 31-year-old hit just .171 in 66 games . . . The Mariners acquired versatile infielder Robert Andino from the Orioles in exchange for reserve outfielder Trayvon Robinson . . . The Yankees claimed righthander Mickey Storey off waivers from the Astros.
Union watching Marlins
The players’ association will monitor the Marlins following their payroll purge, saying it is too early to determine whether the salary cuts will cause any issues under baseball’s labor contract. After complaints by the union that the Marlins weren’t using revenue-sharing money to improve, the union, MLB, and the Marlins reached a three-year agreement in January 2010 that the team would increase payroll annually as it prepared to move into its new ballpark in 2012 . . . News Corp. is acquiring a 49 percent stake in the YES Network, a deal that gives the Yankees’ owners hundreds of millions of dollars.