9/25/08: Griffin was correct; the Gaston extension implied another year for GM J.P. Ricciardi. Blue Jays president and CEO Paul Godfrey announced today that Ricciardi will be back for the ’09 season. You have to figure he’s gone if the Jays don’t reach the playoffs next year. Will Ricciardi’s job status affect his offseason plans?
9/17/08: According to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, the Blue Jays will announce an extension for manager Cito Gaston soon. Griffin believes that the timing of the announcement indicates that GM J.P. Ricciardi will be back for the 2009 season. The team’s recent success apparently convinced the Jays to give Ricciardi one more chance.
If he does stay, Ricciardi will have to find a starting shortstop and decide whether to offer more money/years to A.J. Burnett.