Gaston isn't having second thoughts

Gaston isn't having second thoughts

BALTIMORE -- Cito Gaston must be getting used to the song-and-dance routine. Again on Monday, the Blue Jays skipper was asked whether he had any second thoughts about his plans to relinquish managerial duties after the current season, and again he emphatically sounded like a man prepared to step away from the dugout.

"No," Gaston said. "I think if I was probably, maybe four years younger I might [entertain a return]. It's going to be a few years before they really get to where they really want to go. If [general manager Alex Anthopoulos] can find someone that he finds he wants to keep around that long, I think it'll be better that way, I really do."

Of course, it's a manager's prerogative to think ahead -- even if you're planning to move on. A few minutes later, responding to a question about who could be an effective leadoff hitter for the Blue Jays, Gaston was endorsing shortstop Yunel Escobar for a turn atop the lineup in 2011.

"[Escobar's] a good candidate for it," Gaston said. "The only thing he doesn't have, he's not a base stealer. But he does have a pretty good eye up there, as far as getting on base. It depends on who they go out and get next year."