Toronto Blue Jays exercise manager Charlie Montoyo’s 2022 option

Mar 5, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo (25) watches his team warm up before the start of the game against the Baltimore Orioles during spring training at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays picked up the 2022 contract option for manager Charlie Montoyo.

General manager Ross Atkins made the announcement on Tuesday from Florida.

“We are 100 percent committed to a long-term relationship and very excited about the progress of this team, of the organization and he’s been a huge part of that,” Atkins said of Montoyo. “Love working with him every day, I love seeing him every single day, have an incredible dynamic. Feel very good about our future together.”

Montoyo signed a three-year contract to lead the Jays in October 2018 with a team option for a fourth season.

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The Blue Jays are 99-123 in two seasons under the 55-year-old Montoyo but are expecting to compete with the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in 2021. The team is loaded with young talent and signed All-Star outfielder George Springer in the offseason.

In the shortened 2020 season, Montoyo led the Blue Jays to the postseason for the first time since 2016, where Toronto lost to Tampa Bay in the wild-card round.

The Blue Jays are scheduled to open the season on April 1 at the Yankees.

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–Field Level Media